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Fighting cancer.


We master challenges. We take on problems.
We handle difficulties.
But cancer?
It is a full-on fight.

Join Dr Jonathan Irish—the Kevin and Sandra Sullivan Chair in Surgical Oncology at The Princess Margaret, University of Toronto—as he candidly explains how the Guided Therapeutics (GTx) program helps surgeons adeptly target and kill cancerous cells, while salvaging the normal surrounding cells. GTx markedly improves patient survival and enhances quality of life.

The Fight To End Cancer raises funds year-round for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, directly contributing to the GTx Program.

The development of the technology occurs in the GTx-Lab in MaRS (formerly Medical and Related Sciences) and involves a collaborative team of engineers, physicists, surgeons, and radiologists. Translational clinical trial research to evaluate safety, efficacy and accuracy of the systems are carried out in the Translational Image Guided Operating Rooms (TROGORs). Clinical applications include head and neck surgery, lateral and anterior skull base surgery, lung surgery, prostate surgery, GI surgery, and neurosurgery including spinal surgery.

Photo: In 2018, Jennifer Huggins and Virgil Barrow were honoured for hitting their first million in donations to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

The Fight To End Cancer has one main mission: to end cancer in our lifetime.

Raising funds for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network (UHN) is a major component of our work, but initiating conversation and taking action are just as important. Our motto is simple: defeat is not an option.

Our Annual Boxing Gala is the “Main Event” celebration of our fundraising efforts. Ten fighters with no previous boxing experience take on the years-long challenge of training and fundraising to end cancer. It takes a whole community to win this fight. Let’s support these fighters and help to end cancer.

Where are the funds raised going? The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Grafton Apparel has been a partner of the Fight To End Cancer since 2014. In 2017, Grafton became a presenting partner in combination with launching their “Wear Your Support Campaign”. Over the years, the incredible team have raised $1.1 million dollars in direct donations to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
[Photo Credit: Diego Alvarez/Grafton Apparel — February 2023, the Grafton Team Were honoured at The Princess Margaret with a cheque presentation and tour of the research facility]

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre sees over 1000 patients every day. That is over 1000 lives affected every day. Princess Margaret delivers diagnostic, treatment, and follow-up care to close to 200,000 patients and their families every year. There are 12 site groups and 26 specialty clinics, clinical space, inpatient beds, linear accelerators, a state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance-guided Radiation Therapy (MRgRT) suite, and two Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion units, making it one of the largest comprehensive cancer treatment facilities in the world, and the largest radiation treatment centre in Canada.

And all that breakthrough research, exemplary care, and innovations cost money.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is Canada’s largest and leading cancer charity, dedicated to raising funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the world’s top five cancer research centres known for its game-changing scientific achievements and exceptional patient treatment and care. More information about the Foundation can be found at

The Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) has raised over $2 million—and counting—for PMCF. FTEC is proud to support the lifesaving research at The Princess Margaret and the innovators there, such as Dr Jonathan Irish.

Dr Jonathan Crawford Irish

Dr Jonathan Crawford Irish is the Kevin and Sandra Sullivan Chair in Surgical Oncology at The Princess Margaret, and the Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Head of the Division of Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr Irish leads a multidisciplinary program in Guided Therapeutics at UHN and is currently leading the Guided Therapeutics Core, and is the Director of Clinical Faculty for the TECHNA Institute at UHN. In this capacity, he leads a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, engineers, physicists, and nanoparticle biochemists in the development of novel nanomedicine-based contrast agents, which, in combination with near real-time navigation and tracking systems, can create innovative solutions for minimal-access surgical approaches in cancer therapy.

Dr Irish is a force of power and does incredible work for both cancer research and treatment through the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Dr Irish on his work and the contributions from the FTEC

“The Guided Therapeutics program [helps us to] completely remove a cancer and yet preserve the normal surrounding tissue—improve the quality of life.

“The fact of the matter is that cancer research is really how we move the needle in cancer survival…. The needle is not moved by one Eureka event of discovery, but by many events, small discoveries, built one on another, like building blocks, such that now we have made real impact…of moving that needle of survival for cancer patients.

“That needle movement didn’t happen accidentally. It happened because of investment in research enabled by philanthropic events, philanthropic support…. The Fight to End Cancer is such a great event…. Thank you to the sponsors…that have really engaged and re-engaged in the Fight to End Cancer…their sponsorship will move our needle and continue to move our needle at the Princess Margaret forward for the survival of our patients.”

FTEC Annual Gala

The FTEC Annual Gala hosts an elegant gourmet dinner, various entertainers, and an evening of Olympic-style boxing. It’s an experience like no other and has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in Toronto. After delays caused by COVID, the much-anticipated 9th Annual Fight To End Cancer Fundraiser takes place on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at the  beautiful and historic Old Mill Toronto (Bruce Rooms).

The fight is the culmination of months of hard work, dedication, and fundraising to support cancer research. Ten courageous men and women will battle in the ring, all while continuing to raise funds and hope in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. This heroic team has been training in true Olympic-style boxing for the past three years, as they prepare to step into the ring for this important cause. With the goal of reaching $3 million in donations this year, 100% of all proceeds will go to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Join us in the fight! Let’s end cancer in our lifetime

Kingsway Boxing Club

Kingsway Boxing Club was founded by Jennifer Huggins and Virgil Barrow. Over the years they have grown from a 14×14 boxing studio to encompass two locations including a full boxing gym facility with an Olympic-sized ring. The sport of boxing is represented through recreational community programs and amateur competitive programs. In their generosity to give back to the community, Jennifer and Virgil introduced the very first FTEC to raise funds to empower experts like Dr Irish in order to battle cancer. Watch Documentary


Public Relations Team, Fight To End Cancer

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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 $2,000,000 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