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Inaugural KO Childhood Cancer Raises More Than $63,000 in Support of Canadian Cancer Society and Ronald McDonald House

(NiagaraFalls,  ON)  July 11 – They came, they boxed, and they raised more than $63,000 for two worthy charities.   $63,927.83 to be exact.
On June 16th, the first-ever KO Childhood Cancer event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)  and Ronald McDonald House(RMHCSCO)  took place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.  The event featured amateur boxers and Niagara influencers from across the Niagara Region who joined forces to knock out Childhood Cancer.
When we ask,  Niagarans answer,”  said Kim Rossi,  Development Officer at the Canadian Cancer Society and KO Cancer Committee Co-­‐Chair.  “We are overwhelmed by the amount of money raised for both CCS and RMHCSCO in our first year of this event and it’s only thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and those in attendance that night. Unfortunately, cancer affects us all, but it’s encouraging to see the amount of local support there is of our mission to eradicate cancer,” she added.
Sanctioned by Boxing Ontario,  the event featured a card of 11 boxing matches,  ranging in various weight classes, skill levels and divisions.    Competitors went through months of rigorous training with Former Olympian and Professional Boxers Mike Strange and Billy Irwin in preparation for their fights.  
“For the majority of the competitors,  this was the first time they stepped into a boxing ring and competed, and we couldn’t be more proud of everyone who participated.  It took a lot of guts.   In the end, we raised a lot of money for two great causes,” said Mike Strange.  
The event took place “in the round” in front of a sold out crowd at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, who were also the presenting sponsor for the event.  
 “Our goal was to provide attendees with a five-­‐star boxing event experience, taking no short cuts with production value, and I’m confident our team accomplished that goal.    We’ve already begun laying out the framework for next year’s event,  which will take place on Friday, June 15th,” he added.
Those who are interested in participating at the second annual event in 2018 can fill out an application online by visiting
“We’ve already had a number of local residents tell us that they would like to participate next year,  so if you are interested,  visit the website and fill out an application soon,” added Buckley.
“Togetherness is the greatest gift you could give families with critically-­‐ill children,” said Catherine Bridgman,  Chief Executive Officer for Ronald McDonald House Charities South Central Ontario.  “We are so grateful for this incredible donation from the community in support of the KO Childhood Cancer event and the continued support of the many communities we serve for giving us the ability to keep families close.”
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About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national,  community-­based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, CCS has the most impact,  against the most cancers,  in the most communities in Canada.  For more information,  and to donate visit or call our toll-­‐free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-­‐888-­‐939-­‐3333 (TTY 1-­‐866-­‐786-­‐3934).
About Ronald McDonald House Charities South Central Ontario
Ronald McDonald House Charities South Central Ontario (formally Ronald McDonald House Charities Hamilton) serves as a regional resource for hundreds of families of critically-­‐ill children who are being treated at local hospitals. As a 41 bedroom House,  RMHCSCO provides a warm,  compassionate and safe home away from home for families through accommodations,  programing and services.  RMHCSCO strives to provide families in crisis a home to everyday moments when life is far from ordinary.

Media Contact:
Chris Dabrowski
High Impact PR
Phone:  (289) 241-­‐4164



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

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