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Wednesday Apr 22, 2020

Brands Giving Back

Over the course of the last couple of months, our worlds have all been turned upside down. For Haymakers, in particular, our events have been postponed, fighters have had to train from their own homes rather than at the gym, and there are a lot of unknowns. While it could very well be easy to focus on the negative and everything that isn’t happening right now – instead we’ve been surrounded with nothing but positivity.During this time, we’ve been so encouraged seeing many of our partners, sponsors and alumni-owned businesses doing their part to help give back. Whether it is changing their facilities to producing face masks or sanitizers, donating product or just spreading joy – we wanted to take the time to highlight just some of the amazing work being done and the way that our community has come together for the greater good. YORK Athletics – We’ve partnered with the team at YORK for many years to help KO Cancer.  Not only are they an amazing group of people, but we LOVE their kicks (seriously, it’s rare to walk into the office and not have at least one H4H team member in a pair of YORKS). So what better way for them to give back than to literally help keep the front line on their feet – which is exactly what they’ve done. Right now, you can donate or give a pair of their brand new Gail sneakers to someone on the front line, and in exchange, YORK will hook you up with a free pair of kicks of your choice. All you have to do is follow these easy steps…1. Head to their website here 2. Add a pair of Gail’s to your cart  3. Add any pair of kicks to your cart for free as YORK’s way of saying thank you 4. Check out 5. Spread the word! More donations mean more support for our frontline workers!#FightFromHomePhunkshun Wear – Owned by Haymakers Denver Alumni, Jay Badgely, Phunkshun Wear makes some of the coolest neck tubes and ski & snowboard masks we’ve seen. But with high demand for facemasks from both the front line workers and everyday citizens – they’ve changed up production and are now producing Personal Hygiene Masks. Plus for every PH Mask, you purchase for yourself – they’ll donate one to the Colorado Mask Project! Check out their masks & other gear here to help support (and cover your face!) #MasksForAllAmerican Giant – If you were lucky enough to receive a commemorative H4H fighter hoodie from American Giant then you know the bulletproof quality of their apparel. We love AG and stand behind everything they make and do! Especially since they worked to retool their North Carolina facilities and retrain their team of remarkable seamstresses! They are now making HHS-certified medical masks and distributing them to the front line medical personnel that are confronting this crisis. In need of some durable new swag? Check out everything they’ve got and support!Oofos – Founded by a friend who battled cancer, Oofos specializes in recovery footwear and has supported Haymakers for Hope over the course of the years! With our shared mission to KO Cancer, every purchase made on oofos.com contributes to finding a cure for Breast Cancer. Over the course of the last month, Oofos has donated over 1,200 pairs of recovery footwear to hospitals across the country. Their unique OOfoam technology and footbed provide much-needed relief for those long shifts. Plus, all their shoes are antimicrobial and machine washable which makes for easy cleaning! Do your feet a favor and check out all their recovery footwear, which could technically serve as your new “business shoes” if you’re now working from home!TB12 – If you’re from New England then you know TB12 well (Farewell Tom). Tom and the TB12 Team are fully behind our mission to KO Cancer and are also stepping up their game to battle COVID-19! The TB12 community is actively supporting national and local charities across the country responding to COVID-19 by giving back during this time of need. Make a purchase from their site and a portion will be donated! Additionally, any healthcare member working to fight the pandemic can book a complimentary virtual session with a TB12 Body Coach to help with their physical and mental wellness!Bully Boy Distillers – Co-founded by H4H Boston Alum, Will Willis, Bully Boy Distillers has rocked our world with some delicious rum, vodka, and other alcoholic treats. Now they have pivoted to help make and distribute hand sanitizer for those who are most in need!Other Beer & Spirit Partners –While it’s comforting to know these next brands are patiently waiting in your liquor cabinets and fridge to help get you through this pandemic, they’re also stepping up in a big way to provide much-needed support to the front lines, service workers that are out of a job and many more. We are fortunate to be associated with so many brands that have not only supported our mission to KO Cancer but are also giving back to their community in any way they can.Tito's Handmade Vodka – Producing & distributing hand sanitizer Harpoon Brewery – Producing & distributing hand sanitizer to consumers & front line workers Breckenridge Distillery - Producing & Distributing hand sanitizer Jack Daniels + Brown-Forman – Donating $1 million to help those impacted in the industry Proximo Spirits – Donating $1 million to help those impacted in the industry Blue Point Brewery – Order from Blue Point and you can make a meal donation to frontline healthcare workers! Pernod Ricard USA – Producing & distributing hand sanitizerGyms & Trainers - Not only are our partners, sponsors, and alumni run businesses giving back, but the gyms and trainers we work with year after year are also there for you during this time. Take a virtual class, learn new boxing techniques or take on one of the many challenges they’re throwing your way. Check out our constantly growing list of partner gyms and their associated virtual training offerings that will keep you fit (and sane) during quarantine!Most importantly, to the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, medical personnel, EMT’s, Police Officers, firefighters, grocery store workers, custodians, postal workers, delivery drivers, bus drivers, train conductors and all those doing their part to help keep us safe, YOU are the real heros. THANK YOU for the invaluable work you are doing for the community. And to everyone staying home, thank you for also doing your part! We are all in this together, and we have no doubt we’ll come out of this even stronger than before!  

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Monday Mar 9, 2020

Rumble in the Rockies III: Alec Abruzzo

During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rumble in the Rockies III in Denver on June 11th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Alec Abruzzo, fighting out of Touch of Sleep.Where are you from? Long Grove, IllinoisWhere’d you go to college? University of Iowa Did you play any sports growing up? Football, Baseball, BasketballWhat do you do for work? Major Account Executive Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting? Grew up watching boxing with my brothers - it has been a dream of my to be a part of a boxing event Why on earth did you sign up to fight?? I’ve always wanted to box but only if it was in front of many people. Why go through the pain if there is no glory You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you? My grandma Sally was the closest person to me in my life. She was my rock and my conscious. My grandma was always questioning my intentions and 99% of the time she had the right to be but we always talked through it. No matter if it was 1pm or 4am she was always there to guide me. I fight for her as well as my grandpa Irv and grandpa Joe. (My grandma Toni doesn’t know I’m fighting she would worry too much)What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?) Junk foodWhen you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have? Watching Horse racing, WW2 history, Baseball. Most people say I was born in the wrong era.Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night? My brothers - both booked flights immediately once I told them I was fightingCheck out his fundraising page and be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Alec!

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Monday Mar 9, 2020

Rumble in the Rockies III: Conor Horan

During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rumble in the Rockies III in Denver on June 11th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Conor Horan, fighting out of Front Range Boxing Gym.Where are you from? Denver, COWhere’d you go to college? Grand Canyon University Did you play any sports growing up? Golf/BaseballWhat do you do for work? Security sales Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting? I have always been interested in boxing and Haymakers was the thing that finally pushed me to do so. Why on earth did you sign up to fight?? To take a step to maximize my 2nd chance. You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you? I am a cancer survivor. Unfortunately, cancer has affected many people close to me. I feel this is an opportunity to make a difference, a difference that I have been wanting to make for a long time.What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?) I burn calories the way most people wish they could. I am eating more than normal to keep weight on. Time, food, beer, anything I am changing in my life is completely worth it!When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have? Throwing punches and running are currently my only hobbies!Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night? My dad is fired up! He did a tough-man competition at the Fillmore back in the day. My friends are all looking forward to it also!Check out his fundraising page and be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Conor!

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Monday Mar 2, 2020

Rumble in the Rockies III: Ian Marcheschi

During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rumble in the Rockies III in Denver on June 11th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Ian Marcheschi, fighting out of Bring it Back Boxing.Where are you from? Chicago-LA-DenverWhere’d you go to college? CU Boulder Did you play any sports growing up? SoccerWhat do you do for work? School Psychology Student Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting? I think boxing because it is literally a fight. What else could get you more out of your comfort zone? I tell my students all the time, you have to fight for your life everyday and with everything you have. I'm going to literally take my own advice in this process. I can't say I pictured myself fighting, but I love training and I love the process of learning new things. Four months of intense boot camp that leads to a final bout? I'll take it. Why on earth did you sign up to fight?? I'm fighting because I want to give back. I watched so many people support my mom in her battle with Ovarian Cancer, and now I'm watching my sisters go through the same. I'm fighting to raise awareness of this silent killer. You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you? The fight night (June 11th) is the 3 year anniversary of the end of my moms fight against ovarian cancer. I'm tired of dreading that day every year. I'm taking June 11th on with everything I've got. This one is for you, mom. I miss you so much, and I'm ready to put those feelings into action.What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?) I think my time will be the most difficult to give up. I'm a grad student, I have a little boy due April 3rd, classes, work at an at-risk youth program, a dissertation to write, and an amazing wife to love. I've been an athlete my whole life so I'm always training. This is just different training. I've got to unlearn some of my soccer habits and listen to my trainers at Bring It Back Boxing, an amazing gym.When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have? I enjoy anytime I get with my wife, Emily, who has been my number one supporter on this journey. I also love any opportunity to play soccer, the game I love and the place I feel most free. I've always said I'm happiest at a full sprint attacking the goal.Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night? My sisters. No question. They love me but hate that I got my mom's nose.Check out his fundraising page and be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Ian!

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Monday Mar 2, 2020

Rumble in the Rockies III: Matthew Hamstra

During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rumble in the Rockies III in Denver on June 11th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Matthew Hamstra, fighting out of Touch of Sleep.Where are you from? Minneapolis, MNWhere’d you go to college? Southern Adventist University - BBA Andrews University - MBA Did you play any sports growing up? Most sports, but particularly basketball and hockeyWhat do you do for work? Real estate developer and appraiser Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting? I have pictured myself fighting, but not necessarily boxing, and I don't think I have any particular talent for it. I feel like boxing chose me because it is the challenge that was put in front of me. Why on earth did you sign up to fight?? My friend Kyle Chiasson fought in last year's event, and I sponsored him. I was really impressed with his training story and with the event, and ever since then it was something I wanted to experience for myself. You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you? 2019 was a tough year for me. My grandmother passed away in March. I flew to her funeral, carried her casket, and flew back to finalize my divorce in April. The week after that, my other grandmother passed away as well. Beginning of May, while I was at her funeral, my great uncle passed away - he was my grandfather's twin brother and a D-Day veteran. In June a good friend of mine from college died while SCUBA diving in the Caribbean, and in July another college friend lost his daughter in a car accident that also left his wife paralyzed. After going through these losses and seeing the losses happening to people around me, I spent a lot of time processing, and trying to handle the negativity I was experiencing. As I worked through that pain, I came to accept that life will always have negativity to throw our way, and we can either choose to accept it, and dwell on it, succumb to that pressure, and become a negative person, or we can start trying to create good in the world around us and find ways to give back, and become a positive person. Having gone through these experiences, fighting for a cause like H4H took on a lot of meaning for me. I'm fighting on behalf of several friends and family members whose lives have been affected, or ended, by cancer. I'm also fighting for people out there who are fighting their own battles against cancer, and for those people who are trying to find ways to be an emotional support, financial support, or trying to find cures for this disease. I would also like to believe that I am fighting on behalf of people trying to process the losses life has thrown there way, or trying to heal from things that they don't talk about.What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?) I already keep a pretty busy schedule, and working my training in with everything else eats up a lot of the flexibility that I have left, so I would say the time commitment is the biggest sacrifice for me.When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have? Powerlifting, hunting, fishing, reading, spending time with my kidsWho do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night? Probably my brothers, or several of my college buddies.Check out his fundraising page and be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Matthew!

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Monday Mar 2, 2020

Rock 'N Rumble X: Ryan Hansen

During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rock ‘N Rumble X in Boston on May 14th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Ryan Hansen, fighting out of Grealish Boxing.Where are you from? West Haven, ConnecticutWhere’d you go to college? Endicott College in Beverly, MA Did you play any sports growing up? Yes, I played hockey and baseball growing up through High School and I played hockey in college.What do you do for work? I work in sales at Datadog Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting? My father - Dynamite Dave Hansen - and for the sweat! I initially picked up boxing classes about a year ago because they are offered through my gym membership at the Equinox. I was looking for a new workout that would help me get a good sweat in but it was because of my father that I initially got curious about boxing. He used to box in the 80's and would tell me stories about how awesome the workouts were. He's got some cool pictures that he would show me from his days during training. There's a couple cool ones from his single welterweight fight and some other ones of him posing alongside Larry Holmes and Aaron Pryor... And no, I didn't think I'd end up stepping into the ring to fight when I initially put the gloves on. Why on earth did you sign up to fight?? The main reason; because of how unique the opportunity to participate in Haymakers is. I'm doing it as a way to honor my family members and friends who have battled (and still battle) cancer. Also, it's a really cool way for me to test myself - I think that by putting myself in a vulnerable position that's outside of my comfort zone, the entire experience will translate to personal benefits and lessons gained in life and in business. You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you? I've never been someone who needs a ton of outside inspiration in order to pursue something new and challenging but with this event, there's definitely some personal experiences that have pushed me to fight. I lost both grandmothers and an aunt to cancer which had a big impact on how I view the disease.What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?) I think the most difficult thing that I've given up has been my free time during the week. With my training and work schedule, I'm usually starting my day on the treadmill around 6:30am, heading into the office for 9 hours, and then heading to Grealish Boxing Club in Dorchester where I train for another 2 hours. By the time my day is over at about 8:30pm, I'm rushing home to eat dinner and haven't stopped moving since waking up. Doesn't leave me with a ton of time to spend doing much else, but thankfully things are usually a bit more relaxed during the weekend.When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have? I love to spend time outside, especially in the summer when I can get on the water and go fishing. I also enjoy hanging out at our house in Cape Cod and having friends come stay for a long weekend.Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night? Hahah - I hope no one. But maybe my brother Austin, just so he can chirp me afterwards and say "damn Ryan, that kid dusted you". I'm sure there's also an ex-girlfriend or two out there who wouldn't mind seeing it ;)Check out his fundraising page and be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Ryan!

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Monday Mar 2, 2020

Rock 'N Rumble X: Jonathan Giordano

During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rock ‘N Rumble X in Boston on May 14th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Jonathan Giordano, fighting out of Haverhill Downtown Boxing.Where are you from? Originally from Revere but now live in Groveland MaWhere’d you go to college? I did some time at Suffolk University but got into the trades and become a cement mason. Did you play any sports growing up? Played Soccer as a little guy, Basketball and Football as a teen.What do you do for work? I own and run a decorative custom concrete flooring company with my brother but in the last few years have become a chef/recipe developer as well. Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting? Never ever.... I was inspired by my wife who has discovered the sport through Haymakers and has gone on to continue her amateur boxing career. In the last few years I have tried my best to live outside my comfort zone. This is way outside. Why on earth did you sign up to fight?? We have all experienced the effects of cancer in some way. Either sitting beside a hospital bed or in one. After witnessing several Haymakers events and knowing what an incredible charity they are I decided it's my turn to do my part. You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you? My Auntie Bea fought a long battle against the disease and lost to it 5 years ago. I fight for her and my cousin Pam who was just diagnosed shortly before I signed up.What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?) Free time.... it is now spent in the boxing gym... all of it!When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have? I love cooking. A few years ago because of some weight related health issues, I needed to change my lifestyle. That is when I I decided to get in the kitchen. I have come up with some pretty cool recipes that have helped a lot of people on their own weight loss and wellness journeys.Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night? My plan is to not get punched in the face but I am sure that there is a long list that would like to see that happen.Check out his fundraising page and be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Jonathan!

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Monday Feb 24, 2020

Rumble in the Rockies III: Faith Lierheimer

During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rumble in the Rockies III in Denver on June 11th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Faith Lierheimer, fighting out of Blunt Force Training.Where are you from? Evergreen, Colorado. Born and bred mountain girl!Where’d you go to college? University of Denver. I got my B.S. in Ecology and Biodiversity. Did you play any sports growing up? I'm a lifelong skiier, but I eschewed sports for theater and choir. Bet you didn't know you were getting a drama geek in the ring, huh?What do you do for work? I split my time between slinging lattes for financiers in Cherry Creek (I'm a Starbucks barista) and teaching kids about conservation and animal science at the Denver Zoo. I primarily consider myself an educator. Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting? I never pictured myself fighting. I had it in the back of my mind that boxing might be fun to try, but I wanted to box so I could learn a new skill, be a beginner again, and work through the humility and frustration that it takes to be a newbie again. Why on earth did you sign up to fight?? This year, I wanted to do something that scared the shit out of me but also motivated the shit out of me. I'm at a time in my life where I want to start taking more risks and stepping outside my comfort zone, and Haymakers sure as hell fits the bill! You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you? I lost my dad to Stage IV colon cancer when he was 46 and I was 16. He was way too young to die from colon cancer that far advanced. It's rare, but it happens that early sometimes. He fought like hell to stay with my family for as long as he could, and his grit inspires me to this day. Also, my mom and I are both active melanoma patients--my melanoma only required one surgery and continual 6 month follow ups, hers required 2 surgeries and more frequent follow ups. Her determination to live a full and active life in her 50s and beyond inspires me--she started boxing before I did! So I'm inspired by my dad, my mom, my family, and I fight for them and my 16 year old self who wanted to fight back against cancer but she couldn't then. She can now.What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?) Oh, for sure the peach hard cider they sell at my local corner store. That, and binging whatever the latest new Netflix show is.When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have? I'm a fiend for the local music scene and I love hanging out at dive bars and other haunts around town to see local bands play. I'm also the biggest haunted house fan you will ever meet--that is, except for my fellow hauntfluencer and best friend Raine. We are the 13th Floor's top fans, and have clocked 7 haunted houses in this year alone. We love getting scared. I'm also a big hockey fan and make as many Avs games as I can.Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night? Hmmm, probably my friend and Haymakers alum Shawn, or my Starbucks coworkers for the amount of stupid jokes I make them listen to every day at work. If not them, then my long-suffering and wonderful partner Mark, who endures me talking shit about hockey for 6 months out of the year.Check out her fundraising page and be sure to wish her luck! Best of luck, Faith!

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Monday Feb 24, 2020

Rumble in the Rockies: Jeff Brown

During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rumble in the Rockies III in Denver on June 11th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Jeff Brown, fighting out of Touch of Sleep.Where are you from? Midland, TexasWhere’d you go to college? Texas A&M University Did you play any sports growing up? Football, Swimming, Track & Field and Collegiate TriathleteWhat do you do for work? I work in Oil & Gas. Specifically in the mineral & royalty business Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting? Despite how terrifying the notion of stepping in a ring with an opponent that wants to hit you in the face may be, it is hard not to romanticize the vulnerability & honesty that comes with stepping into the ring. There is no where to hide, and no where to run. In between bells, you are totally and utterly exposed. Alone. Staring down an opponent. I've always been fascinated with, and drawn to, the sport of boxing. Though actually stepping in the ring is entirely different to simply daydreaming about it! Why on earth did you sign up to fight?? In 2018, I watched my brother, Mike Brown, commit himself for four months in training & fundraising & then step in the ring under the lights of the Fillmore, before all his friends & family. After witnessing him go on this journey, I decided this year that living vicariously through my big brother was no longer enough. You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you? On March 15th, 2017, I found myself sitting alongside my mom & dad in a sterile examination room of M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas; awaiting the Doctor to come & deliver the diagnosis. Several days earlier, my dad, Bill Brown (I refer to him exclusively as Pops) went to the ER as a result of a dangerous spike in his heart rate. He learned there was a growth in his kidney & needed to get to M.D. Anderson for further diagnosis as fast as possible. Outwardly, we all tried to remain optimistic & hopeful, but I can recall the collective, unspoken dread that the news awaiting us in Houston would mark only the beginning of a long, insurmountably difficult journey. As the Doctor entered, he could feel the tension & anxiety hovering around the room; knowing there was no sense in attempting to exchange pleasantries - he wasted no time in delivering the news. "It's cancerous." My stomach dropped. I was watching my worst fear unfold before my eyes, and there was nothing I could do. This can't be real. This couldn't happen to my dad. Pops. The Doctor continued in delivering his diagnosis, informing us of the immediate next steps, but frankly, I don't recall any of that. I was fixated on my dad's face. Staring at the man who provided for 5 children, raised us all to be high achieving, confident human beings, and taught me what it is to be a man. Pops. I can't imagine the overwhelming combination of emotions he was experiencing in that moment-- Fear, sadness, confusion & anger. It was unbearable. Just as I felt tears well up in my eyes, the Doctor paused for a moment, as if to give my dad a chance to interject with any questions. His chin began to quiver as he searched for the courage to speak & through tears, he simply said, "Well as of today, I'm a cancer survivor." It's been said that there are but a few moments in our lives that define us, for better or worse. I knew that I was standing in one of those moments; For both Pops and myself. I will never forget that moment as long as I live. In that moment, my dad showed me what it means to be a fighter. In that moment, Pops went from simply being my dad & became my hero. In the face of unconscionable circumstances, against the most daunting of opponents, he chose not to wallow in self-pity, nor relinquish himself to his situation. He chose to step in to the ring, assert dominion over his fears & emotions, and give this wretched disease the fight of his life. Two and a half years later, on October 30th, 2019, my father celebrated his last treatment. He's been cancer free for more than 18 months. I am fighting because my dad fought. I am fighting because he taught me that the most courageous thing you can do is to step in the arena, no matter how terrifying an opponent you may find before you, and give em hell. "...And if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” I'm fighting for you, Pops.What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?) Whiskey. Definitely Whiskey. Though after just a week of training, I can already tell my body rejecting anything that will dehydrate me.When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have? I am an aspiring stand-up comedian, and have been pursuing that endeavor over the past few months... Beyond that, anything that gets me outdoors with my girlfriend and our dogs. Hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, etc.Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night? It's probably a tie between my girlfriend, Deanna, and my college roommate and one of my best friends, Ben. In fact, Ben already expressed how much he's looking forward to me getting clocked. I just hope I won't disappoint.Check out his fundraising page and be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Jeff!

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Tuesday Feb 18, 2020

Rumble in the Rockies III: Scott McDowell

During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rumble in the Rockies III in Denver on June 11th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Scott McDowell, fighting out of Touch of Sleep.Where are you from? Baltimore, MarylandWhere’d you go to college? Essex Community College/UMBC Did you play any sports growing up? Lacrosse, Football and TrackWhat do you do for work? Advertising/Sponsorship marketing Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting? I attend H4H in Denver in 2019 to support a fighter Danny Schaffer and was blown away by the production. After looking more into H4H and the organizations its supports I was all in and ready to fight and raise money to KO cancer! Why on earth did you sign up to fight?? First and Foremost to support the cause of raising money to support the H4H beneficiaries and secondly I was looking for something unique to whip my butt into shape!! You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you? After researching that over 1600 people per day die from Cancer I felt intrigued to help bring awareness and resources to the ultimate cause of ending this awful disease!!What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?) My overall diet is going to my biggest struggle, I love all bad sugar things!When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have? I enjoy attending art openings, concerts and spending time with my dog Meatball.Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night? Everyone!!! There may be a couple ex-girlfriends that will be extra excited tho.Check out his fundraising page and be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Scott!

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