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If Your Dreams Don't Scare You, They're Not BIG Enough | Introducing the FTEC2020 Fight Team

By December 5, 2019January 6th, 2022No Comments

Photo Credit: Virgil Barrow Photography
Photo Description: 2020 Fight To End Cancer Fight Team
(Left to Right: Joey Woo, Joshua Siegal, Julia Siegal, Megan Facciuolo, Kristin Smith, Paula Higgins, Alissa Winicki, Elissa Herrington, Scott Selland, Mike Forshee)

If Your Dreams Don’t Scare You, They’re Not BIG Enough
Introducing the FTEC2020 Fight To End Cancer Fight Team

With the $1.5 million dollar barrier broken, this years team is working to hit $2 million dollars in total contributions to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

We celebrated reaching our Million Dollar Milestone in direct donations to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, last year.  Our partners even had the honour of taking a tour through the high-tech facility at Toronto General Hospital, where much of the funds are directed.  These funds enable the successful completion of nearly 9000 cancer related operations annually.
The past 8 years flew by and felt almost effortless!  Want to know what isn’t as easy?  Committing to over 6 months of intensive physical training and raising thousands of dollars for cancer research, all while balancing your regular commitments to work and family.  Your reward, at the end of the 6 months, is to step in the ring with another person who means to punch you in the face.  Making that commitment is exactly what these 10 incredible people have done!
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Dr. Jonathan Irish, Chief Oncologist for the UHN, show some of our FTEC Family the incredible developments in solid state cancer treatments thanks to the contributions from Fight To End Cancer.

The 2020 Fight Team, in combination with our presenting partners at Landscape Plus Ltd. and  Grafton Apparel Ltd., are the first group of fighters to take that next step in FTEC history.  Their collective goal is to move towards the $2 million dollar mark in total contributions raised by FTEC in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  Each one of this year’s fighters comes with uniquely personal motivation, but they all share one common goal:  to end cancer in our lifetime.

Let’s Take A Moment To Meet These Incredible Heroes And See What Dreams They Hold…

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Help the #FTEC2020 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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Megan Facciuolo | View Full Bio & Sponsor Megan NOW!

We all know someone affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. While some overcome it, many do not. I’ve been a witness to both circumstances: my one grandfather battled colon cancer, and at almost 90 years old, he is healthy, cancer-free and still hitting the slopes each ski season. The other, however, I never had the pleasure of knowing, because he was taken at a young age by lung cancer.

Kristin Smith | View Full Bio & Sponsor Kristin NOW!

I am participating in the 9th Annual Fight To End Cancer in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. I am raising research dollars with a vision of reaching a goal we all share; To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime!
What started out as only wanting to try something new, very quickly turned into an opportunity to be a part of something more impactful than I ever imagined was possible. Cancer has affected us all in one way or another and it does not discriminate. Cancer doesn’t care how old someone is, how meaningful they are to those around them, or how shattered it will leave the lives of those who remain behind.

Mike Forshee | View Full Bio & Sponsor Mike NOW!

I was sitting on a plane in Calgary when a text came through to tell me that a friend of mine had passed away due to cancer. The feeling and shock that I felt that day has never left me. Up until that point, I was largely untouched by cancer and because of that, I had an ignorance towards this disease and the affects, both physically and emotionally, that it has on people living with the disease and their loved ones.  Since that time I have had a few family members battle cancer.  It is because of their fight that I chose to join this fight.  The commitment to the training, fundraising and ultimately the fight itself is going to be a long and challenging time. This truly pales in comparison to the daily fight that cancer patients and their loved ones endure.

Scott Selland | View Full Bio & Sponsor Scott NOW!

I live in Toronto’s West end with my wife Lindsay and two young daughters, Olivia and Abigail, where we run a successful Real Estate team ( Over the years our family has had several close calls with cancer, which they were fortunate enough to beat, with the help of cutting-edge treatments.
I’ve seen first-hand how new developments and technologies can help individuals and families conquer cancer. Over the next six months, I will be enduring intensive training and preparation with my teammates, working hard to raise money to help make a difference in cancer research.

Elissa Herrington | View Full Bio & Sponsor Elissa NOW!

In February 2019, I joined Grafton Apparel as their Human Resources Manager. When I joined the company, I knew we sponsored Fight to End Cancer…but didn’t understand the depth of what went into this incredible fundraising event until June 2019, when I was invited to attend.
When I was sitting in my chair, spectating, I said to myself – and everyone at my table…as I realized I had been speaking my inner thoughts out loud – that I was going to put my ‘hat in the ring’ and tryout for next years fight.

Paula Higgins | View Full Bio & Sponsor Paula NOW!

For the incredible women in my life who have fought for their lives against cancer, I want to honour them. When cancer hits, life still goes on, but with the physical, financial, and emotional burdens that cancer brings. Though I have not physically experienced it first hand, I understand how devastating and life-changing the impacts of cancer can be. I’m proud to be participating in the 9th annual Fight To End Cancer in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. I am raising research dollars with a vision of reaching a goal we all share; To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime!

Joshua Siegal | View Full Bio & Sponsor Josh NOW!

My grandmother, Roz, was one of the toughest women around. She grew up the oldest of three sisters, her family having next to nothing.  No matter what life threw at her, there was always a fire burning inside her.  A passion and energy that could never be dimmed.
She travelled the world.  She raised four children.  She was an unbelievably doting wife to her husband, my grandfather, Marvin.  No matter how busy she was, she always had time and energy for her family.  No one had ever seen her scared of anything.

Joey Woo | View Full Bio & Sponsor Joey NOW!

Life can be strange sometimes. There are days when you feel invincible like you’re on top of the world, and then there are days when life throws you into situations, where nothing can prepare you for the harsh reality that awaits. For me, life hit our family hard on January 24, 2018, when my father Simon, lost his battle with cancer.
And I still remember that day like it was yesterday.

Alissa Winicki | View Full Bio & Sponsor Alissa NOW!

I’m sincerely humbled and honoured to be a part of the 2020 Fight to End Cancer (FTEC) team. I first learned about the FTEC a few years ago. Immediately, the words challenge, sacrifice, commitment, and strength came to mind. I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
Cancer plagues us all. If you’re lucky enough not to have lost a family member or close friend to cancer it doesn’t mean you haven’t been affected. It doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. It doesn’t mean you haven’t shed a tear, been at a loss for words, or truly grasped the feeling of helplessness when this disease unfairly latches on to a friend of a friend, a client’s wife, an old babysitter, a mother’s childhood friend, a boyfriend’s uncle, a mentor’s father…

Julia Siegal | View Full Bio & Sponsor Julia NOW!

I’m honoured to be fighting alongside my husband Josh Siegal in the 2020 Fight To End Cancer. I fight for his Grandmother Roz, and for my friends and family that are scared to have kids because cancer runs in their family. Wonderful, incredible people are lost to this horrible disease every day, and if I can do even a little bit to help bring us closer to eradicating it, that would be an awesome feeling.

Important Dates:
–> Official Media Day: Thurs. May 21, 2020 6pm – 8pm | Request Media Access
–> 2020 Charity Boxing Gala: Sat. May 30, 2020 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 $1,500,000 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.
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