During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Hope NYC in NYC on November 15th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether they've had first hand experience, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Gabrielle Cramer, fighting out of Mendez Boxing in New York City.

Where are you from?
Manhasset (Long Island)

Where did you go to college?
Cornell University

Did you play any sports growing up?
Tennis, Track

What do you do for work?
Sales at Peloton

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I used to do it for conditioning - know it is one of the most physically and mentally challenging forms of exercise.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight?
After losing my grandfather to Pancreatic cancer and watching both my father and grandmother suffer from Melanoma I really aligned with the cause. Also I wanted to both challenge me and push me and knew the experience would be worthwhile and one of a kind.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure – where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Father, Grandfather, Grandmother.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training?
Not nec. giving anything up - just being really mindful of how my eating and my lifestyle habits impact me and staying committed and motivated.

When you’re not throwing punches and training -  what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Tennis, Dogs, Horseback riding, hanging out with my friends, "trolling" aka exploring NYC aimlessly with friends, pilates

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
LOL. Deff my former rooomates. Maybe Jessie Smith & Amanda D'Amico for always being a smart ass.

Be sure to check out his fundraising page and wish her luck! Best of luck, Gabrielle!