During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Belles of the Brawl VI in Boston on October 10th. 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 Lauren, “Lo”, “Laur”, “Barb” Weishaar, fighting out of EverybodyFights.

Where are you from?
Webster, NY

Where’d you go to college?
Stetson University

Did you play any sports growing up?
I swam and played lacrosse until I found out my true calling in life was to play golf!

What do you do for work?
Investor Relations

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Oh yeah, I asked my mom if I could learn to box when I was 11 years old (that got shutdown)! Here I am! I love the intensity of the workouts... never a dull moment and a great way to zone out and just focus on either mitts or sparring.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
I’ve lost many loved ones to cancer and have some currently battling the disease. I’m fighting in their honor and to raise awareness for the Haymakers For Hope foundation. This experience will push me to my personal limits and has/will continue to make me uncomfortable. This experience will teach me to never give up... our loved ones fighting don’t have a choice, but to keep going. They are my inspiration.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure – Where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Cancer and loosing people I love to this disease has taught me to cherish life, time, to make time for loved ones, to live a happy life, and to not give up on the things/people in my life that mean the most to me. Life is hard. I am grateful to have this opportunity to give back and raise awareness.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
Honestly, wine, going on super awkward first dates, and sleep!!

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
I enjoy playing golf (when I’m not sore from training), cooking, rapping to 90’s Hip Hop music, denying how much I adore Taylor Swift’s new record and spotlighting as a stylist for friends and family.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Good question? I can think of a few, however I think my brother will laugh the hardest when I get punched in the face. Thank you Kevin for prepping me for this experience during our childhood! FYI - these girls punch harder than you do! And don’t forget to donate. :)

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