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Second Annual KO for KIDS boxing event raises over $67,000 in Support of Pathstone Mental Health, Ronald McDonald House & Stem Cell Research

(Niagara Falls, ON) July 11th, 2018 – The Niagara community responded to the call once again and helped raised close to $68,000 for three worthy charities.
Today, the organizers of KO for KIDS 2018 announced the event held on Friday, June 15th had raised $67,412.70.
That night, well over 1,000 guests gathered around the ring at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls to take in 14 carded matches, sanctioned by Boxing Ontario. Amateur boxers went into training for three months to prepare themselves for “the round” and their opponent.
Some, were fighting for loved ones who were lost to cancer and mental health issues. Others were getting into the ring to support those still battling and those who have survived.
As organizers lay the framework for KO for KIDS 2019, to be held in late March back at Scotiabank Convention Centre, today some of our competitors reflected on the profound effect this event has had on them. Phil Roberto from Niagara Falls, who lost his wife to cancer was especially touched by the courage of Reed Wales. After a long battle with Leukemia, this five year old was a source of inspiration for our red and blue boxing teams during training and on fight night. If Reed could stay strong and win his battle, then so could they, Roberto said.”
Funds raised from KO for KIDS 2018 is supporting the work of three causes.
Pathstone Mental Health- Offering programs and services to children, youth and families in Niagara struggling with mental health issues.
Ronald McDonald House Canada, South Central Ontario – Located in Hamilton, they are a home away from home for families of critically ill children who are being treated at local hospitals.
McMaster Children’s Hospital, Dr. Singh’s Stem Cell Research – Working to develop more targeted and effective therapies to treat children affected by three major types of brain tumours.
Registration to box in KO for KIDS 2019 can be found at
For more information / Contact
Chris Dabrowski
High Impact PR
p. 289.241.4164
Kim Rossi
Pathstone Foundation – Director of Philanthropy & PR
p. 289.969.8342