Somerville resident fights cancer with boxing charity event
What did you go the furthest to fight for a loved one?
For Chris Trott, 36, a Somerville resident and native of Massachusetts, it’s boxing to raise funds and educate friends and family members who have or have had cancer.
“After losing my Nana 10 years ago and learning that a few of my friends now have cancer, I want to do whatever I can to make sure my loved ones are okay,” Trott said.
Haymakers for Hope (stylized as H4H), a Boston-based charity, hosts fights for men and women – Rock N Rumble for men and Belles for the Brawl for women – where fighters raise a minimum of 10,000 $.
This year is H4H’s tenth anniversary of its men’s event and will feature 32 Boston area fighters. The men have spent months training for the cause and will step into the ring to support cancer research, care, awareness and survival.
“I was paired up with the UFC gym and given a trainer. I trained intensely, like four to five times a week,” Trott said.
To make the fights as authentic as possible, H4H combines fighters of similar weight class and boxing experience. Trott’s opponent is 27-year-old Alex Tuccio. Both men are amateur fighters and are roughly the same height and weight.
“I took the opportunity to get back in shape and support the people I love and care about,” Trott said. He also mentioned that he plans to donate all the money he raises to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. None of his friends who are currently struggling with cancer have their own charities they can donate to.
Fighters can only participate in Haymakers events once, in the interests of fairness.
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“It’s a once in a lifetime experience. I heard about the boxing event through a few of my friends who fought [in Haymakers] in the past, “Trott said.” They told me it was a great experience and helped them show their support for their loved ones. ”
Over the past 10 years, H4H has raised over $ 14.5 million through charity boxing events and has expanded its Boston base to three other locations in the United States – Denver, Washington DC and New York.
“About 39.5% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives,” the National Cancer Institute revealed based on data from 2015 to 2017.
For fighters, the experience can be “impactful, empowering and overwhelming,” and the fight for a cure “will continue long after the last game of the night,” the organization’s website says. “Not all fights end at the bell.”
“So far, I have received 40 donations and raised over $ 6,000,” Trott said. He is at 63% of his donation goal.
The next Haymakers for Hope Rock N Rumble event will take place at the House of Blues on October 13th at 7:30 pm Tickets are available here, and anyone interested in attending can “unlock” tickets by putting the last name of his fighter to access it.