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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.

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