Celebrating World Cancer Day With The 2019 Fight To End Cancer

January 27, 2019
Filed Under: Event News, Fighter Features, Top Stories


Photo Description: The 2019 Fight To End Cancer Fight Team.  This team have set out to raise over $2 million dollars in support of cancer research by June 1, 2019.  Learn how you can join them in their Fight To End Cancer.


Celebrating World Cancer Day With The 2019 Fight To End Cancer


Founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), World Cancer Day is recognized every February 4th.  The day aims to save millions of preventable deaths by raising awareness, providing education and calling for national leadership on policies, legislation, investment and innovation.

2019 marks the beginning of a new three-year campaign theme:  “I am and I will”.

Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world.  It’s time to make a personal commitment.

Please join the Fight to End Cancer as we recognize World Cancer Day by reflecting on the action the ten heroes have taken and the stories behind them, as they prepare to step into the ring as member of the FTEC2019 fight team.

Currently, 9.6 million people die from cancer every year and at least one third of common cancers are preventable.

They have dedicated six months of their lives to raising thousands of dollars in support of the life changing research funded by the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Huggins
Founder, Executive Director
Phone: +1.416.666.9314
Email address: pr@fighttoendcancer.com


Countless men and women have dedicated their lives to ending cancer.  Let’s celebrate World Cancer Day, with the 2019 Fight To End Cancer Fight Team by taking a look at some of their incredible stories…


Scroll Down To Meet The 2019 Fight Team

Help the #FTEC2019 Fight Team reach their goal of $2 million dollars before Fight Night! Use the link below to get to know the individual team members better and support them in their Fight To End Cancer!  Defeat Is NOT An Option

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Paul Agapito | View Full Bio

As a marketing professional, Paul Agapito has an incredible ability to highlight the positive attributes for a wide range of products and services.  However, there is nothing positive about cancer, so he has decided to let his fists and his heart take the lead as a member of the FTEC2019 fight team.  This “spin doctor” will be raising funds to support the doctors and researchers working hard to end cancer in our lifetime.

Deren Hasip | View Full Bio

Deren Hasip is all too familiar with the impacts cancer has on a family, having watched his daughter and father take on their own fights.  Deren coaches others to help them achieve their goals at work.  As a member of the FTEC2019 fight team, the coach will become the student as he and his teammates submit themselves to 6 months of intense training.  Keep those hands up!


Ceilagh MacDonald | View Full Bio

Ceilagh MacDonald works with clients every day who are struggling to come back from injury.  She sees first hand how hard they try, the good days and the not so good days.  She has seen this same fight in family and friends who have faced a cancer diagnosis.  Not one to step back from a challenge, FTEC2019 provides Ceilagh with the opportunity to punch cancer in the face and show what she’s made of.

Talia Joundi | View Full Bio

As an Immigration & refugee lawyer, Talia Joundi is used to taking on tough challenges, but as an FTEC2019 fighter she’s taking on the biggest one yet.  Not one to take her health for granted, Talia is stepping into the ring to use her good fortune to help raise funds to support the vital research of the doctors, chemists, and volunteers of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.


Josh Hillinger | View Full Bio

Josh Hillinger is the most recent member of fighters coming from Steam Whistle Brewing.  Like all of us, he has been directly touched by cancer, seeing his grandmother, father and father-in-law fight for their lives.  Not one to stand on the sidelines, Josh has joined the Fight to End Cancer as a member of the FTEC2019 fight team and promises to “provide the best guest experience” to his opponent.

George Boutsalis | View Full Bio

George Boiutsalis is a perennial fundraiser and has focused his efforts on raising funds for cancer and Alzheimer’s research, both of which have affected his family.  George spends his days as a professional generating new opportunities and expanding his markets, but keeps his feet firmly entrenched his community.  As a member of the FTEC2019 fight team, his community has grown leaps and bounds with one common goal of ending cancer in our lifetime.


Renata Reynolds | View Full Bio

Renata Reynolds is committed to the success of her clients, helping them build winning sales teams and strategies, that result in real success.  She is also committed to taking a punch in the face to move one step closer to finding a cure for cancer.  Good news Renata, your opponent is committed to helping you with that challenge.

Lisa Ventura | View Full Bio

Lisa Ventura isa CEO responsible for all aspects of her company; definitely a person comfortable being in charge, getting things done and making stuff happen.  Lisa is not comfortable feeling helpless, like she has when friends and loved ones have been diagnosed with cancer.  True to form, she has decided to do something about it by becoming a member of the FTEC 2019 fight team, raising funds and awareness on behalf of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.


Fedele Rossi | View Full Bio

Fedele Rossi’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago and he and his family went into a state of shock.  Escorting his mother to all of her treatments exposed Fedele to the roller coaster of emotions experienced not only by his family, but by many others.  He used his anger and frustration as a motivator to, first get in great physical condition and now, to become a member of the FTEC2019 fight team.  He knows, as we all do, that Defeat is not an Option.

Richard Denley | View Full Bio

Richard Denley spends his days motivating individuals to become better leaders, through his business.  As an FTEC2019 fighter he will put those motivation skills to good use, raising funds and awareness for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  His motivation for becoming an FTEC2019 fighter…ending cancer in our lifetime.


Important Dates:
–> Official Media Day: Thurs. May 23, 2019 6pm – 8pm | Request Media Access
–> 2019 Charity Boxing Gala: Sat. June 1, 2019 5pm – 11 pm | Old Mill Toronto Request Media Access


About The Fight To End Cancer
The Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) is a year round initiative carried out by ambassadors, sponsors and volunteers worldwide.  Over $1,000,000 has been donated to date, since our inaugural year, in 2012.  Funds raised by FTEC are donated directly to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  Each year we celebrate the incredible hard work and dedication of our FTEC family with a black-tie charity boxing gala.  This gala showcases ten men and women who represent our Official Fight Team.  Our goal is to raise funds for cancer research year-round with the support of the local community and business owners.  Let’s make a difference now in the fight to end cancer, for a long and successful future for everyone.  This is an event like no other and has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in Toronto. www.fighttoendcancer.com

About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. More information about the Foundation can be found at www.thepmcf.ca

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