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Things Are Heating Up In The Fight To End Cancer | A Sneak Peek At The #FTEC2019 Official Campaign

By February 25, 2019February 1st, 2022No Comments

The 2019 Fight To End Cancer is placed in ‘Picture-Perfect’ position for the official campaign shot, conceptualized by renowned Toronto photographer, Spencer Wynn. [Photo Credit: Chris Small]

Things Are Heating Up In The Fight To End Cancer
A Sneak Peek At The #FTEC2019 Official Campaign

A huge thank you to all of the photographers, hair & make-up artists, assistance crew & FTEC’s Planning Committee, for  all their hard work in executing such an inspiring and stunning campaign.

Official Campaign Photographer: Spencer Wynn | Photographer Assistant: Rebecca Freeman | Photographer Assistant: Alisia DeMelo
Campaign Photographer: Virgil Barrow Photography
Official FTEC Videographer: Arnold Caylacyan
Behind The Scenes: Chris Small
Hair Stylists: Kemine McClure | Melissa Karagianis | Kenlyn Alexander
Makeup Artists: Grace GonzalezMakenzie Simmonds | Emily Krohnert
Official Shoot Location: The Old Mill Toronto
Wardrobe By: TIP TOP Tailors | Kimurawear

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This year’s Fight To End Cancer (FTEC 2019) Fight Team had a 6:30 AM call at the Old Mill Toronto, on Sunday, February 24th.  While the rest of us were pulling the covers up and dreaming of an early spring with warm sunny days, our Fight Team was getting the full superstar treatment.  An incredible team of hair and makeup artists prepped our fighters for the Official 2019 Fight To End Cancer Promotional Campaign.  The transformation from fighters to models complimented by beautiful formal wear, courtesy of TIPTOP Tailors, now in its sixth year of partnership with FTEC.
This year’s shoot, conceptualized and shot by FTEC official photographer Spencer Wynn, can be summarized with a single word; warmth.  The FTEC2019 campaign photo has the fight team, head coach Virgil Barrow and Jennifer Huggins, FTEC Founder and driving force, transported to a mountain-top retreat.  The photo leaves the viewer with the feeling they have stolen a glance of an exclusive party held in a beautiful, remote location.
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Meet the Hair and Make-up team of the Fight To End Cancer.  For these incredible heroes, their weapon of choice consists of hairspray and the finest collection of eyeshadow.  Thanks to this incredible team for finding the beauty in fighting cancer! [Photo Credit: Chris Small]

Ceilagh MacDonald (left) poses with her opponent Talia (right) for the official campaign shoot at the Old Mill Toronto. [Photo Credit: Chris Small]

The Fight Team has been putting in the hard work at the gym which is required to ensure they have a great showing come fight night.  Outside the gym, the team is starting to stretch their legs, with Social Media posts, videos, media events and now a full-fledged, multi-location, multi-set photoshoot.  Although the team had an early start and a long day, the atmosphere was charged and supportive, as the camaraderie within the team infected everyone around them.
After a full morning at the Old Mill, the Fight Team and production crew migrated to Kingsway Boxing Club, for lunch and an afternoon filled with more photos and videos.  Shedding their formal wear for the more familiar training gear provided by official Fight Team sponsor Kimurawear, the Fight Team was back in familiar surroundings.
The output from the 12-hour day are a collection of stunning photos and inspiring videos, that will comprise the core of the promotional material for the Fight To End Cancer Gala Fundraiser, being held Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at the Old Mill Toronto, in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Photo Credit: Chris Small

Important Dates:
–> Steam Whistle FTEC Gallery: Tues. May 7, 2019 7pm – 11pm | Request Media Access
–> 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

Let’s Take A Moment To Meet This Years 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 | View Full Bio
As an Immigration & refugee lawyer, Talia 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 Boutsalis 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.
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