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 Brian Wallace, fighting out of Mendez Boxing in New York City.

Where are you from?
Seattle, WA

Where did you go to college?
University of Washington

Did you play any sports growing up?
Football, Baseball, Volleyball

What do you do for work?
Run Sales for an Advertising Research Company

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Great workout, great event, great cause... No! I've never been in a real fight my entire life!

Why on earth did you sign up to fight?
Have attended, supporting 3 friends who are alumni. They spoke so highly of the organization, the training, and the event!

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure – where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
My Mom had a very close call with Cancer, but won her fight and has been cancer-free for 15 years now! Plus I know many other family members, and friends that have been impacted over the years.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training?
Actually nothing right now! I'm in a great place mentally/physically to focus and train without feeling like I'm missing out on anything!

When you’re not throwing punches and training -  what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Still play volleyball a few days a week. Love being out in nature hiking and climbing things. And of course... travel!

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
I think that would have to be the trainer of my opponent! But it's not gonna happen, I'm keeping my hands up...

Be sure to check out his fundraising page and wish him luck! Best of luck, Brian!