Hope NYC VII: Bobby Grogan
Tuesday, July 31 2018
During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Hope NYC in NYC on November 15th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether they've had first hand experience, 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 Bobby Grogan, fighting out of Church Street Boxing Gym in New York City.
Where are you from?
Florham Park, NJ
Where did you go to college?
Did you play any sports growing up?
Wrestling, Football, & Baseball
What do you do for work?
Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I've had colleagues and former HS teammates participate in Haymakers. So that's how it got on my radar.
Why on earth did you sign up to fight?
It was an opportunity to challenge and push myself, force myself to make healthy choices, and all in the name of a worthy cause.
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 grandfather, Jim Grogan, was a Union Asbestos Laborer for many years and as such was exposed to the carcinogenic agent that is asbestos. He developed mesothelioma and asbestosis (cancers of the lungs) as a result. The tail-end of his career in the asbestos industry is hallmarked by his fight against these diseases with the development of a tissue bank at Mt. Sinai to support the research of these terrible diseases. He is also an avid boxing/mma fan, so he'll be excited to see some punches thrown!
What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training?
Booze is definitely going to be a challenge given the nature of my business and frequent client outings where you are surrounded by it. I have been overwhelmed though by client and co-worker support in this endeavor both by their donations and by their commitment to this with me, handing me ice tea or waters where the usual tito's & soda would be. Some are even helping me with my walk out song; everyone's getting involved!
When you’re not throwing punches and training - what other hobbies/interests do you have?
I picked up golf after college with my brother and while he's, admittedly, gotten much better at it then I have, I still enjoy being out there with him (and stealing a couple holes from him a round).
Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Edward "Eddy The Neck" Mashkovich
Be sure to check out his fundraising page and wish him luck! Best of luck, Bobby!