Wednesday, August 31 2022
Need a new challenge? Looking to lose weight and get in incredible shape? Been impacted by Cancer in some way and want to help fight for a cure? If you answered yes to any or all of this questions, have you considered throwing your name in the hat for a chance to participate in Haymakers for Hope? Answered yes to all of these questions but still not sure if you’ve got what it takes? We could tell you about all of the benefits to participating, but rather than write out a list, we figured we’d let the Alumni (those who have participated in past events) speak for themselves. They might just have the little boost of confidence that you need to click submit on that application form!
You will never regret it. No matter the outcome in the ring, to be able to contribute to help KO cancer is the main goal.
-Andrew Fuller, Rock ‘N Rumble IX
It's not easy. It's a lot of hard work and it tests you physically and mentally, but it's also extremely rewarding and can be a ton of fun. It's a truly unique experience that you can't find anywhere else and 1000% worth the blood, sweat and tears. Literally.
-Rachel Gianatasio, Belles of the Brawl VII
Honestly, I had a few people that said I was stupid for signing up for a boxing match. They didn't think I could fundraise enough money and that I would probably break my nose. As I got closer to the event and reached my goal, all of that chatter had ended and people around me were impressed by my commitment through this entire experience. I even impressed myself and have found greater confidence in who I am. The sweet messages, notes and social media shout-outs from both friends, family and acquaintances were mind-blowing and now when I see/chat with people, they always bring up how cool it was that I did this. So in short - lots of street cred!
-Kristin Menconi, Belles of the Brawl VII
Anyone can do this if you're willing to put I the time and be honest with yourself along the way. It will help you find out what you're made of.
- Jesse Nandhavan, Rock ‘N Rumble IX
It challenged me and tested me in new ways, which built toughness and character. It also made me so thankful for the things and people I have, and made me proud to be able to help those fighting for their lives.
-Harrison Slater, The Beltway Brawl
I was most surprised by the overwhelming amount of support I received from friends, family members and even strangers! I was nervous about the fundraising, but so many people were excited to be able to contribute and loved following my journey. It was really incredible to see how many people were inspired by the experience.
-Annie Dragolich, The Beltway Brawl
What surprised me the most about Haymakers was how great it felt to give back and prove to yourself you could handle something you didn’t think you could.
-Jessica Schmelzer, Rumble in the Rockies II
I was really surprised by how supportive the people at my gym were of me throughout my training. I also got very close with the four other Belles I trained with, which I wasn't at all expecting and probably what surprised me the most about my H4H experience, that and being a part of such an amazing H4H alumni community!
-Allison Picott, Belles of the Brawl VII
What surprised me the most about participating in Haymakers was how much I miss it now that it’s over!
-Colleen Shouldice, Rock ‘N Rumble IX
If I could do it again, I'd do it in a heartbeat! Sign up!
-Brittany Soucar, Belles of the Brawl VII
This experience was hands down the best thing I've ever done in my entire life. Fighting is so more than throwing punches at someone. Fighting forces us to face who we are at our core, figure out what we want to become, and to decide whether we'll retreat when faced with adversity or bite down on our mouthpiece and move forward. Fighting is truth.
So, to those thinking of signing up - do it, even if only to find out what it is you truly fight for.
-Adam Moulter, Rock ‘N Rumble IX
It most definitely is a big commitment, but the commitment is worth it. It is four months of your life to do something most people would never do. Yes, it can be tough to say 'no' to social plans, drinks, and the foods you love; but in the end it is all worth it. The feeling you have stepping into the ring on fight night, knowing all that you have worked for and already accomplished is the best feeling in the world. Knowing that you raised money to K.O. Cancer and worked so hard for yourself is worth every second of dedication you put towards training.
-Megan Walsh, Belles of the Brawl VII
I was shocked by the impact the other fighters had on me. Their stories, their support, their hugs, their encouragement. I fought with 31 INCREDIBLE women and their support throughout the process, even though I really didn't get to see them face to face all that often, is something that I will hold dear to my heart for the rest of my life. I love those women and I thank them for everything they gave me.
-Julia Cocca, Belles of the Brawl VII
Don't entertain the thought of losing, and you won't! People with cancer will suffer less and recover faster because of your involvement.
-Derek Skapars, Rock ‘N Rumble IX
Don’t think you have the time to train? Think again. There were mothers of 3, lawyers at the top firms in the state, and plenty more women who made it work because it was important to them! I travel extensively for work and I just made this a priority for those few months.
-Erin O’Neil, Belles of the Brawl VII
If you’re on the fence, you should just jump in head first and do it. Like the Red Hot Chili Peppers once said, “it’s better to regret something you did, than something you didn’t do.” And regardless of what happens fight night, I can guarantee you will be glad you did it. It’s not about the 8 minutes in the ring. It’s about the 120 days of training, getting in shape, feeling good, developing a skill, raising money, meeting new people, comradery, and doing something to help others.
-Kevin Reppucci, Rock ‘N Rumble IX