Haymakers mission is to knockout cancer by allowing everyday people like me the opportunity to train and compete in an amateur boxing event to raise money to help fight this terrible disease which has devastated so many of us and our loved ones. I heard about Haymakers for Hope a couple of years ago when a woman in my town participated in the event. I had never seen two women fight as hard as they did that night. I was so moved by their commitment, the cause, and the challenge. After watching a few more friends compete during the next couple of years and having been touched very personally by cancer, I wanted to do it. I have started training and will step into the ring on May 14th.
This is hard. The training is unlike anything I’ve ever done in my life but does not compare to that which people battling cancer endure. I, as many of you, know first-hand. I watched my vibrant, strong mother lose her battle at 65 years old just four months after her diagnosis. Even more devastating was listening to a doctor tell my husband and me that our 5 year old son, Beck, had an inoperable brain tumor threaded through his optic nerves. Beck is now 11 years old and has been through two rounds of chemotherapy and has lost essentially all of his vision. He has a 70% chance of having to go through chemotherapy again, likely more than once. Beck is also a big brother, ski racer, braille reader, excellent student, good friend, soccer player, actor, and singer. We learned very quickly that Beck would not let his diagnosis define him or our family. No matter how hard I train, Beck will always be the first and strongest fighter in our family.
I am doing this for many reasons but mostly for Beck and his siblings, Luke and Grayson, who love and support their big brother and who are walking this unexpected path right by his side. I am also doing this for all of the beautiful children and their families we’ve met in the pediatric unit at Dana Farber who universally exhibit such strength, love, and devotion to their child enduring the unimaginable.
Every dollar donated in my name will go directly towards the PLGA foundation at Dana Farber which conducts research to help children with the same type of tumor as Becks, the most commonly diagnosed pediatric tumor with essentially no government funding for research. We appreciate your support more than you can imagine. Tickets will go on sale in a few weeks. We would love to see you there.