The First Rule Of Fight Camp... Featuring The FTEC2019 Fight Team

January 20, 2019
Filed Under: Event News, Fighter Features, Top Stories


George Boutsalis, FTEC2019 Fight To End Cancer fighter learns the rules and the tools of a sport that has literally saved lives!
Photo Credit: Virgil Barrow

The First Rule Of Fight Camp… You Don’t Talk About Fight Camp!

BUT… we like to break barriers and redefine the rules because there’s so much to tell you!


The first couple of weeks of 2019 was spent the usual way, for most of us: returning to work or school, and easing into the reality of a new year.  For the #FTEC2019 Fight To End Cancer fight team, the dawn of the new year signalled a routine which was anything but usual, or gradual.    As the new year’s bell chimed, these 10 fighters were initiated into an intense new regime of focus, training and dedication.  They’ve just completed Fight Camp at Kingsway Boxing and the reality of this commitment is starting to set in!

Paul Agapito, FTEC2019 Fighter watches on as he and his team experience their first open sparring session.
Photo Credit: Virgil Barrow

Over the next four and a half months the Fight Team will dedicate countless hours in and away from the gym, raising funds and raising awareness in support of the Fight To End Cancer to benefit The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  These fighters will be required to make sacrifices, throw thousands of punches and dig deep within their character for a new level of grit which they might not have known they even had.  They will experience moments of euphoria, as well as moments of absolute frustration.  They will pursue their fundraising goals with tireless diligence, and will be humbled by the generosity and sincerity of their donors.  Then, on June 1, 2019, they will step into the ring as fighters and they will do all of this in the name of supporting a cause that affects us all: the Fight To End Cancer.


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The 2019 Fight To End Cancer Fight Team.
Photo By: Rebecca Freeman


Let’s Take A Moment To Meet These Incredible Heroes…



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.  But 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 researches 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.  At work Deren coaches others to help them achieve their goals.  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

As a perennial fundraiser George Boiutsalis has focused his efforts on raising funds for cancer and Alzheimer’s research, both of which have affected his family.  As a professional, George spends his days 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; 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

As a CEO, Lisa Ventura is 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

When Fedele Rossi’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, 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

Through his business, Richard Denley spends his days motivating individuals to become better leaders.  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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