MEET YOUR MATCH | OFFICIAL BOUT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FIGHT TO END CANCER 2020

February 29, 2020
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MEET YOUR MATCH | OFFICIAL BOUT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FIGHT TO END CANCER 2020


The Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) 9th Annual Fight To End Cancer Charity Black Tie Gala, benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is a must-attend event, hosted at The Historic Old Mill Toronto, on Saturday, May 30, 2020. 

The FTEC 2020 Fight Team is dedicating SIX MONTHS of their already busy lives to transform into fierce fighting machines all of who are hungry for victory in their sanctioned bouts.  This unyielding commitment culminates at the FTEC Gala when they step into the ring to prove their mettle and thrill the crowd.  Angie Seth, Anchor and Reporter with the CTV News Channel, will guide you through this incredible experience as Emcee for the evening’s events.

The FTEC Fight Team, in concert with our presenting partners Landscape Plus Ltd. and Grafton Apparel Ltd., are working to make FTEC history by reaching the $2 million dollars in total funds raised. Be a part of history and Join The Fight! View Full Press Release

Let’s Take A Moment To See All The Matchups For FTEC2020…


BOUT 1 BROUGHT TO YOU BY VIENI ESTATES

FTEC 2020 will kick off with a fight sponsored by Vieni Estates that promises to be of mythical proportions featuring a Mermaid and a Jedi Knight.  Between the siren song and Jedi mind tricks, they may have us all believing this will be the fight of the night.

Alissa “Wink” Winicki sponsored by RV Law LLP, can be found riding her motorcycle many summer nights to the Secret Society of Mermaids meetings held somewhere along the lakeshore.  An avid painter, Wink says her favourite colours are black and blue.  She promises a free face painting lesson for her opponent on fight night.

“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…The list sorrowfully goes on. And it will continue to go on unless we take action. So rather than sit idle while this disease continues to permeate and blacken the lives around me, I choose to fight. I choose to collect funds in support of cancer research. I choose to partner with FTEC, because I don’t know of any message more forceful and determined than DEFEAT IS NOT AN OPTION.

Julia “Immortal Iron Fist” Siegal sponsored by Wolfepoint Management Consulting,  is a Jedi Knight in good standing who is constantly refining her telekinesis abilities through hands-free baking.  Although details are sketchy, the rumour is that Iron Fist is working on a signature combination named “Pint and a Slice” that she plans to feed to her opponent on fight night.  It should make for a tasty bout!

“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.”


BOUT 2 BROUGHT TO YOU BY OLD MILL TORONTO

Our second bout of the night, sponsored by Old Mill Toronto, features a clash in styles.  The long-limbed fighter versus the lighting quick attack promises to showcase the beauty and science of boxing.

Joshua “The First Avenger” Siegal sponsored by Hilite Fine Foods Inc., is a self-proclaimed expert in being effectively organized, which sounds remarkably made-up.  The First Avenger says he is working hard in the gym, eating his vitamins and has one question for his opponent: “Whatcha gonna do when Siegalmania runs wild on you?”

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 “The Nature Boy” Woo sponsored by Mechanical Systems Remanufacturing, is living his teenage dream every day, working with full-sized trains for a living.  Who knew that all those hours spent locked away in his dorm room playing with trains would payoff?  This former model and a current unpaid spokesperson for Blackberry is the self-elected head of the infamous Woo-Tang Clan.

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.”


BOUT 3 BROUGHT TO YOU BY EAGLE PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

The third fight of the night, sponsored by Eagle Professional Resources will showcase the skills of two high-performance athletes.  Whether it’s climbing to Everest base camp or winning the Ontario Championship, twice, these two competitors don’t know the meaning of the word quit.

Megan “Megatron” Facciuolo sponsored by Forge Recruitment, can typically be found coming back from, on her way to or planning her next adventure.  This world traveller plans on dazzling her opponent with some fancy footwork in the ring, employing her Royal Command Performance “Highland Shuffle”.

“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 “Smitty” Smith sponsored by Avison Young is no stranger to competition and hard work.  This former Golden Gael hockey star holds two interesting records.  Smitty was part of the second-longest hockey game in history and she once caused Gordie Howe to turtle during an on-ice dustup during an exhibition game.

“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.” 


CO-MAIN EVENT | BOUT 4 BROUGHT TO YOU BY GRAFTON APPAREL

The FTEC 2020 Co-Main Event, sponsored by our Presenting Partners at Grafton Apparel,  features two fighters that have become quick friends and plan to remain that way long after FTEC2020.  But as Iron Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”.

Elissa “Crazy-E” Herrington sponsored by our presenting partners at Grafton Apparel, is an HR professional with an edge.  Known for regularly trying out one-liners from her stand-up act during her interviews, Crazy-E is using her dislike of heights as motivation as she prepares to step into the ring against her much taller opponent.  She has adopted “the bigger they are the harder they fall” as her personal mantra.

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 “The Golden Girl” Higgins sponsored by Eagle Professional Resources Inc. loves to plan adventurous road trips to locations such as Kapuskasing and Iqaluit.   When not in the gym, Paula can be found choreographing an intricate dance routine that features her collection of Disney figurines and the music from Frozen. Inspired by Patrick Mahomes, Paula is already working on her post-fight “I am going to Disney World” line.

“I want to honour those who have been impacted by cancer in this lifetime. Last year I attended the Fight to End cancer gala event and immediately knew this was my opportunity to make a difference and show my support for such an amazing cause.  I’m excited and proud to be participating in the 9th annual Fight To End Cancer in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and the incredible research they do. They are one of the top 5 cancer research centers in the world and I hope to raise $20,000 with your help! I truly believe we can conquer cancer in our lifetime and it’s going to take a lot of hard work.”


MAIN EVENT | BOUT 5 BROUGHT TO YOU BY LANDSCAPE PLUS LTD.

The FTEC 2020 Main Event sponsored by Landscape Plus features two Real Estate professionals and has been nicknamed ABC – Always Be Closing.  Not only do we expect to see fists flying but those at ringside might have some business cards thrown your way so keep your eyes open!

Mike “The Closer” Forshee sponsored by HomeTrust Company, is an international man of mystery who maintains a “go bag” close at hand at all times.  The Closer recently signed a recording contract with Caterwaul Records and is currently in the studio putting the final touches on his first album, “This guy can’t sing”.

“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 however it truly pales in comparison to the daily fight that cancer patients and their loved ones endure.”

Scott “Lights-Out” Selland sponsored by Nude Vodka can typically be found in his kitchen perfecting a new recipe or crate diving for that rare piece of vinyl.  A world-famous musician and chef, ‘Lights Out’ is currently developing a Rock Opera that tells the story of the rise and fall of George the brussel sprout.  The rumour is that the final scene features the hero in a charity boxing match.

“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.”


Meet The 2020 Fight Team

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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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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