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[POST EVENT RELEASE] $1.5 Million Dollars And Counting! The Fight To End Cancer Breaks Records In Support Of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

By June 3, 2019January 6th, 2022No Comments

[POST EVENT RELEASE]  $1.5 Million Dollars And Counting!
The Fight To End Cancer Breaks Records In Support Of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Jennifer Huggins
Executive Director
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 Gala Highlights  Red Carpet Photos

The 8th  Annual Fight To End Cancer Charity Gala (FTEC2019) presented by Landscape Plus Ltd. and Grafton Apparel Ltd. was a successful, high-energy and, at times, emotional event.  The sold out event was hosted by the incredible Angie Seth, CTV News Channel anchor, with the irrepressible Barry Pletch, once again entertaining as the official ring announcer for the evening.  Bringing together some of Toronto’s top influencers and media, including former Canadian Heavyweight Champ Dillon “Big Country” Carman, the Gala featured 10 brave men and women, with no prior boxing experience, stepping into the ring in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
The five sanctioned, Olympic style matches – 3 male bouts, 2 female bouts – represented the culmination of months of hard work put in by our 2019 Fight Team.  The whole event was a celebration, of not only their efforts, but the efforts of an army of volunteers.  All ten of our fighters are incredible champions, having dedicated the past 6 months of their lives to training, fundraising and raising awareness in support of this important cause.  Nearly $500,000 has been donated in 2019 alone, with Deren “Rampage” Hasip announced as the top fundraiser on this year’s fight team, totalling over $17,000.  Humbertown Jewellers made a huge impact with their donation of the Ladymatic Omega Watch, raising an additional $23,000 through the live auction.
We also give deep and heartfelt thanks to our partners at Grafton Apparel, as their nationwide campaign is well on the way to reaching their 2019 goal of $200,000.  The Grafton Family fundraising campaign continues throughout the month of June – just visit any Tip Top Tailors, George Richards or Mr. Big & Tall to join the fight!  You will receive a specially designed tie bar or lapel pin, for any donation of $20 or more, while quantities last.  We project over $1.5 million will be donated to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, between the tireless efforts of the Fight Team, the FTEC Ambassadors and our incredible partners all combined with the funds raised at the gala.
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Fight To End Cancer 2019 Fight Team
Photo Credit: Rebecca Freeman

Head Coach, Virgil Barrow alongside his 2019 fight team, wait at the walkout door before stepping in the ring for the fights.
Photo Credit: Kaitlin Black Photography

Standing at 6’4″, Paul ‘Centurion’ Agapito reaches to connect with his jab in an action packed bout against Daren ‘Rampage’ Hasip.
Photo Credit: LeSean Harris

Renata ‘Relentless’ Reynolds and Lisa ‘Fire-Blood’ Ventura lived up to their fight names, leaving everything they had in the ring for 3 non-stop rounds of action.
Photo Credit: Rebecca Freeman

The incredible team of Presenting and official partners for the Fight To End Cancer were recognized for their support.
Photo Credit: Michael Goizman Photography

The inspirational Dr. Jonathan Irish, Chief Surgical Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, once again brought the crowd to its feet when he spoke about the impacts that the funds raised have on research, his patients and their families.  Beyond the excitement and joy of the event, the words from Dr. Irish served to remind all in attendance and watching worldwide, the reason we all choose to fight.
The Gala always includes incredible musical talent, sure to entertain the gala attendees, in addition to the exciting fight card.  This year was no exception as the crowd was treated to a powerful performance by Freddie Future.  Right behind the release of his debut self-titled EP, Freddie Future wowed the crowd with his mix of indie pop and R n’ B, delivering a pulsating performance before the co-main event and main event.
Fight To End Cancer’s Executive Director & Founder, Jennifer Huggins, is beyond proud of the hard work and dedication shown by the Fight Team and all of the volunteers in making the 2019 event an unbelievable success.  In her own words:

“The energy and emotion on Saturday night was indescribable. Each fighter, sponsor, the performers, everyone left their hearts in the ring.  This year was truly incredible, built on the foundations that began in 2012.  

The Fight To End Cancer Family means everything to me…your efforts and dedication make it all possible to continue to exceed expectations.  Thank you all for defining the Fight To End Cancer personally and as a community!  We have all outdone ourselves this year, yet we feel nothing but inspired to do even more!  We are an unstoppable team!  

Together, we will knockout cancer in our lifetime – Defeat Is Not An Option!”

The $1,000,000 goal was achieved last year and the Fight To End Cancer took a major step this year towards the $2,000,000 mark.  You can still support the fight and the 2019 Fight Team with donations being accepted until the end of June.
Next year’s Gala is set for Saturday June 13, 2020, with strong interest from partners, media, artists, celebrities and the community, to participate in FTEC2020!  Tryouts for the FTEC 2020 Fight Team are scheduled for Saturday October 5th, 2019 and are expected to attract another large group of hopefuls.  Watch the Fight To End Cancer website for details on this first step to becoming part of the FTEC 2020 Fight Team and the Fight To End Cancer family!

Founder of Fight To End Cancer, Jennifer Huggins, delivers heartfelt words to “those we’re fighting for and the loved ones we honour”.
Photo Credit: Kaitlin Black

Dr. Jonathan Irish of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation was presented with an award for the incredible work he does, for both cancer research and treatment, through the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Photo Credit: Rebecca Freeman

Lead by musician Michel DeQuevado, the Fight To End Cancer always includes incredible musical talent, in addition to the exciting fight card.
Photo Credit: Michael Goizman Photography

Freddie Future, Canadian rising star, entertained the over 600 in attendance at the 2019 Fight To End Cancer Annual Gala.
Photo Credit: LeSean Harris

The 2019 Fight Team and coaches come together for a group hug after all ten fighters fought their hearts out in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
Photo Credit: Rebecca Freeman

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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.  Nearly $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