This is round 2 for me in Fighters4Life.
I’m fighting to raise money for Gleason’s . I am doing this for the kids with dreams and to honor my Uncle Tommy who, as a teacher and soccer coach, helped kids achieve their dreams and who today is fighting the debilitating progression of Parkinson’s disease.
I grew up in New Jersey, where I always wanted to box; but I didn’t because I was afraid I’d fail at it. Fortunately, a few years ago, as a middle-aged father, I conquered that fear and took-up the sport. It was the outlet I needed to balance my demanding career as a Human Resources executive.
I may not be great at it, but boxing gives the intense physical training for my heart and it lets me release my inner bad boy. You can find me before sunrise most days in the ring at UFC or training with Coach Nasser in Roslyn.
I have a passion for giving back and love to use my energy to help others. For the past 6 years I have ridden in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cycle for Survival fundraising campaigns. Up until the demands of work forced me to stop, one day each week, I volunteered with the fighters from These are men and women with Parkinson’s who put on the gloves, hit the heavy bags, and fight back against their disease. I also head-up our local Long Island Charitable Giving Programs at work which covers everything from cleaning the beaches to supporting education in science, technology, and engineering.
Dig in and donate to GAKAD. And buy a ticket to sit ringside and watch me do what I love to do.
Win or lose in the ring, the kids will still win.