As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are all experiencing uncertain times. In light of the current situation, in consultation with our partners and the FTEC Fight Team, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Fight To End Cancer for 2020. We are working to reestablish dates for and will be in touch with all event partners, sponsors and attendees when new dates have been identified. For Full Statement, Updates and Protocols, please visit:
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22,000 Burpees To End Cancer and Conquer COVID | Featuring Mariela Burkett's Survivor Bootcamp

April 25, 2020
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Fight for the Future of Henry and Eddie

22,000 Burpees To End Cancer and Conquer COVID
Featuring Mariela Burkett’s Survivor Bootcamp

Fight To End Cancer Ambassador, Mariela Burkett, inspires us to Knockout Cancer by hosting a FREE Virtual Survivor Bootcamp!

The FTEC Family made the difficult decision to postpone all events, due to the challenging situation the world is facing.  Mariela exemplifies our dedication to ending cancer even amidst all of these challenges.  Our FTEC Family remains dedicated to our vision of Conquering Cancer with The Princess Margaret, however, during this fast-moving pandemic our priority is to protect cancer patients and our frontline health workers; every minute counts.

Mariela Burkett has been raising funds for Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) with her Survivor Bootcamp and Buck-A-Burpee Campaigns, since 2016.  April 2020, she took her efforts to the next level, raising over $22,000.00 in donations. She proved herself unstoppable as she inspired nearly 100 participants who tuned in via Zoom!

All funds raised by the 2020 Survivor Bootcamp were directed to the Conquer COVID-19 Campaign. Learn More About Conquer COVID Campaign

Survivor Bootcamp has seen nearly 300 hundred participants over the years, of every age, all eager to get their sweat on!  This bootcamp marked 6 years cancer-free for Mariela, and her message to everyone who showed up ‘BE THERE’!  She spoke about being there for EVERYONE who is going through a rough time, no matter what!

Though everyone was quarantined to their homes for this year’s Survivor Bootcamp, Mariela pushed the 100 participants to their limit, reminding everyone that “Defeat Is NOT An Option!”

We want to thank everyone who came out to participate in the Survivor Bootcamp and sponsored the auctions/raffles and Buck-A-Burpee Campaign.  We would also like to give a huge shout-out to Mariela Burkett for all of her continuous hard work — We can’t wait for the next one!

WANT TO TAKE THE CLASS AGAIN!? Mariela Recorded The Whole Thing…

SPONSOR Mariela Burkett

See her match your donation with burpees on her Instagram.

Mariela is an ambassador for Fight To End Cancer and continues to inspire those around her, to have compassion for one another and to continue growing and learning by being a better version of themselves every day. For Mariela Burkett and all those inspired by her ……


Over 200 people of all ages came out to support Mariela in her Fight To End Cancer [Photo Credit: Chris Small]

About Mariela Burkett

Mo-men-tumstrength or force gained by motion or by a series of events.

Mariela Burkett’s life has been all about momentum, since being declared cancer-free nearly three years ago.  Mariela took her commitment to fitness, personal training, and inspiring others to a whole new, epic level, from the moment she reached remission.  The result is her now famous Survivor Bootcamp.  Part fitness class, part revival and part family reunion, the Survivor Bootcamp is quintessential Mariela:  fierce, passionate, challenging and uplifting.  The Bootcamp is something that must be experienced to be truly understood and appreciated.  This annual event was Mariela’s first campaign to support others fighting cancer, with all proceeds going directly to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Fight To End Cancer Head Coach, Virgil Barrow, gave an unforgettable speech in 2019, which ended off flipping the bird to cancer! [Photo Credit] Chris Small

Mariela introduced the Buck-A-Burpee campaign building on her Bootcamp momentum and became an Ambassador for the Fight To End Cancer last year.  Leveraging her near obsession with handing out burpees to her students as rewards, the Buck-A-Burpee campaign gives everyone the chance to return the favour of handing out burpees to Mariela, wherever and whenever they may find her.  Needless to say, in the past year she has done burpees in some unusual places, and along the way has raised over $20,000 for the Fight To End Cancer.  Mariela’s momentum just keeps building as an FTEC Ambassador.  She continues to expand her support for cancer research through her introduction of Gear by MarielaFit.  Mariela donates a percentage of every sale to the cause, and this latest campaign has already raised another $1000 in the Fight To End Cancer.

The 2019 women presented Mariela with they official Fight Team jacket. [Photo Credit: Chris Small]

Words From Mariela Burkett

This past year has been one of growth.  Growth in focus and emotional growth.

Last year I became an FTEC Ambassador and with that, unbeknownst to me at the time, meant growth as a person.  Because of this familial integration, I found that my focus in my fight to end cancer became clearer.  I had always known that with my personal survivor story, I needed to speak and share with whoever would listen, in hopes that I could spread awareness of the mental struggle associated with a cancer diagnoses and help one person.

This newfound family that took me in as a member, provided me a larger platform to spread my story, to reach more individuals, while at the same time donating my time with my Survivor Bootcamp and money raised to their campaign.

I found purpose and became focused and wanted more.

How else can I help other than my bootcamp?  What better way than having anyone I have every coached get back at me with Burpees. For every dollar donated towards my fight to end cancer, I give them 1 burpee.  This began the BuckABurpee Campaign.

I have also moved ahead with my Gear By MarielaFit and partnered up with some great organizations and together we donate a percentage of sales towards the fight as well.

I have become more focused!

Emotionally, I have another family.  A family that relates and understands with no judgments.  A family that I very much needed during diagnoses and surgery.  I have experienced what it feels like to be surrounded by a group of passionate individuals that have one common goal:  Fighting to End Cancer!

Together, we are FTEC!
I am FTEC!

Much love xo

SPONSOR Mariela Burkett

See her match your donation with burpees on her Instagram.

As an ambassador for Fight To End Cancer, Mariela continues to inspire those around her, to have compassion for one another and to continue growing and learning by being a better version of themselves every day. For Mariela Burkett and all those inspired by her that …


Mariela has put so much heart and dedication into the Fight To End Cancer, we can’t thank her enough!  We are always looking for more people ready to take on the fight and if you’re interested please Contact Us or Join The Fight!

Together we can end cancer once and for all!!

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