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PCL project manager fights to end cancer


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DCN News Service June 14, 2016

TORONTO —PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) project manager Cory “One Punch” Raymond recently took part in a different kind of battle against cancer, taking home the coveted main event belt at the Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) black tie charity gala on June 4.

The event was held at the Old Mill Toronto and brought together some of the city’s top executives and influencers, explains a release from PCL.

Five sanctioned Olympic-style boxing matches featuring 10 men and women who had no prior boxing experience took place with Canadian Olympic-bound boxer Mandy Bujold presenting awards for the female co-main event.

Raymond was introduced to FTEC by friend and co-worker PCL Toronto business development manager Sean Donovan who trained in the 2015 program and also won the main event.

Raymond trained for six months for this event.

“I knew from Sean the time and energy it would take to fully commit to FTEC on top of my career and family obligations, and I would be lying if I said the past six months was easy,” he said in a statement. “I was so inspired by the movement that I couldn’t turn away, and I’m so glad I carried on because the journey was far beyond anything I could have imagined.”

According to the release, between the team’s fundraising through personal networks and money raised at the gala, the FTEC committee expects to donate more than $170,000 to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in 2016.

“The experience to be part of something bigger for our community, something out of my comfort zone was beyond my expectations,” added Raymond. “I’m also honoured to have a new group of friends through the experience who committed that no matter whose hand was raised in victory inside of the ring, we were all winners in making such a personal commitment to reaching the ultimate goal of conquering cancer in our lifetime.”

Event organizers dedicated the evening to boxing legend Muhammad Ali who passed away June 3 just prior to the event.

“Since its inception five years ago, the event has raised over $500,000 in direct donations for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation,” said FTEC executive director and founder Jennifer Huggins. “Our fifth annual event was our biggest and most successful year to date, and we are confident that we will reach our goal of raising $1 million for the Foundation by 2018.”



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