Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell

Haymakers for Hope

From Haymakers for Hope, this is Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell. Haymakers for Hope exist to knock out cancer the only way we know, fighting for a cure through charity boxing. Thanks to generous supporters and more than 1,000 ass kicking do-gooders, Haymakers has raised over $22 million for cancer research, care, awareness, and survivorship. But the march towards a cure continues long after the last bell of each event. Hosts, Julie Kelly and Todd Buster Paris, know firsthand because they are not just your hosts, they are also survivors. On this podcast, they will highlight the stories of fighters, survivors, organizations, and supporters, because not every fight ends at the bell. Haymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments. Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian Lewis. read less
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A supporter’s fight to be a Ray of sunshine in honor of his mom
May 7 2024
A supporter’s fight to be a Ray of sunshine in honor of his mom
This episode features Ray Tomsick, a fighter training with coach DeVarryl “touch of sleep” Williamson at TOS Boxing in Denver for the upcoming Haymakers for Hope event, Rumble in the Rockies on June 13th. Ray shares how he got involved with Haymakers through his friend Chase, who fought the previous year. He discusses the impact of cancer and other illnesses on his loved ones, including his mother's battle with multiple sclerosis, which motivated him to embrace this challenging opportunity. Ray vividly describes the transformative experience of training, the supportive team environment at TOS, and how boxing has become a positive outlet amidst personal tragedy. He expresses gratitude for finding purpose, discipline, and a daily "vacation from the mind" through the grueling workouts. The interview highlights the mental and physical growth that occurs during the four-month training camp, as well as the life lessons and sense of fulfillment gained from pushing oneself to new limits.Quotes(00:00:21) "And it's just like them being debilitated. Right. And me being a capable human being, I need to be doing stuff and do it in a positive light. Right. So that's what drew me to haymakers for hope. Cause it's like, it is a fight, right? Like all these people are fighting all these things and why shouldn't I be fighting"(00:30:49) "I have no doubt that you're going to make her very proud on event night." - Julie in reference to Ray’s mom.(00:32:18) "Finding out things that you didn't know about yourself, finding out things that you might not know you needed in life, like mine, one of those main things, needing that daily interaction with a team, showing yourself just truly how strong you can be."(00:34:00): "The biggest advice is show up to me. It was show up every day. Every day is a new day. Every single day. It doesn't matter what you did yesterday in the gym, whether it was good or bad. Pack it away, put it away. It's over. Today's a day. Don't think about tomorrow. Don't think, just think about what you have to do today and give it everything you got."Resource Links:Donate to Ray Tomsick's PageDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter and his fighter share their respective fights
Apr 23 2024
A supporter and his fighter share their respective fights
This episode of Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell features Jeff and Katie Scola sharing their inspiring story. In 2016, at age 27, Katie was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just over a year later, while in remission, she ran the Boston Marathon. Then a month after that, Jeff fought in a Haymakers for Hope charity boxing event to raise money for the Ellie Fund, which had supported them during Katie's treatment.Despite the difficulties of Katie's cancer journey, the couple maintained remarkable perseverance and positivity. Their story highlights the power of strength, love, and fighting spirit in the face of adversity. They have since welcomed a daughter into their family.Quotes:(00:00:27) Katie: "I just remember being so proud of Jeff, so, so grateful. Like who does that? Like, you know, your girlfriend goes through cancer treatment and you sign up for a boxing tournament to potentially get the shit kicked out of you in front of a lot of people."(00:07:41) Katie on her diagnosis: "It's like the before and the after. It's like the before where there's, you're young, you're 27 living with not a care in the world. And, you know, in a moment's notice, you're like, oh my gosh, I'm spending an hour on a call with a nurse advocate learning all these things about breast cancer that I just never, ever thought I would be hearing."(00:11:16) Jeff on learning of Katie's diagnosis: "Yeah, it was just kind of crazy. I mean, I was, I was actually on the phone with Tom (his boss) outside. I was coming back from a meeting on the North shore. And just to give you the kind of juxtaposition of like how quickly your life changes at an instant."(00:19:31) Jeff on seeing Katie finish the Boston Marathon: "I just lost it. And it was just like, you know, I don't think you forget that feeling and how proud I was and how fortunate I felt not just have her in my life, but that she could be there and do that."(00:37:54) Jeff's advice for prospective fighters: "Just enjoy every moment because it will go quickly and then you'll look back and say, man, I, you know, once the scars heal, so to speak, but you're like, I would do that again."Resource Links:Read how Katie and Jeff took back the dateDonate to Jeff Scola's PageDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter's fight for her family through a unique lens
Apr 9 2024
A supporter's fight for her family through a unique lens
This episode features Rachel Hogan, an alumni fighter from the Bells of the Brawl 2019 event. Rachel discusses how she got involved with Haymakers for Hope by first attending EverybodyFights gym and taking photos at Haymakers events. She was inspired to sign up as a fighter after seeing her then-boyfriend (now husband) go through the training process.Rachel talks about the difficulty many women face in embracing the aggressiveness needed for boxing, and how she had to adopt an aggressive "character" during training. Her coach Chris DeVega provides commentary praising Rachel's hard work and positive attitude. The episode also includes a segment from fighter Luke, who is preparing for an upcoming Haymakers event after battling cancer. He discusses how the training stacks up against other challenges like football camp and cancer treatment.Quotes:(00:24:14]) Rachel: "Trust the process. I feel like that's a really cliche thing, but it's true. Trust the process, trust your coach."(00:31:27) Rachel: "If I had to choose one to photograph over and over and over again, I think I already said it. It would have to be bells just cause something about having all female fighters and like when girls friends show up to cheer you on, like the cheer squad for an all female event is unreal."(00:33:20) Rachel: "I've definitely gained a level of self confidence and like strength that I always want to continue. Embracing again, like I was kind of not like timid, but I wasn't really a pushing forward in the ring and metaphorically kind of a person. So it's definitely helped me become stronger."Resource Links:Check out Rachel’s photography on her InstagramDonate to Rachel's husband's marathon page (Ryan Hogan)Donate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter's journey to raise a shit ton of money and make his wife proud with Benjamin Heller
Mar 26 2024
A supporter's journey to raise a shit ton of money and make his wife proud with Benjamin Heller
This episode of Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell featured Ben Heller, a 49-year-old boxer training to fight in the Haymakers for Hope charity boxing event to raise money for cancer research. Ben's motivation comes from his wife Amanda's battle with metastatic breast cancer.Ben shared his family's history with cancer, including losing his father to cancer and his mother being a breast cancer survivor. When Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer during the pandemic, she initially went through treatment and was declared cancer-free. However, the cancer metastasized to her brain, and she has been undergoing intense treatments for the past 18 months.Finding boxing helped give Ben a sense of purpose during this difficult time. He has immersed himself in training and fundraising, raising an astonishing $108,000 at the time of this recording and just over $124,000 by the time this will air. Ben will be fighting in Rock ‘N Rumble XIII on May 9, 2024 at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway. Quotes(00:01:48): "I lost my father almost 10 years ago, 10 years in July, my mother's a breast cancer survivor and my partner at work passed away Christmas Eve of 2020, so I've had some really close people in my life and there's too many to count who have passed away or battled cancer and um, close as those people are, my wife is dealing with Metastatic breast cancer right now and it's really close to home."(00:26:25): "It's crazy when you think about it because you're going in that ring alone. You know, your coach is standing there, but they're not in there. You're the one fighting. And yet at the same time, you're carrying every person who either did drills with you or who sparred you, who smacked you in the mouth."(00:29:50): "I want to win. I want to make people proud of me. Um, I want Amanda to be proud. I want my opponent to, to know that I'm in this for real. This isn't just an activity. I'm doing this. This is very personal. I'm fighting as if Amanda's in there with me."(00:39:22): "I don't want to wish time away. I'm afraid of these next two months of training come May 10th, I'll be an alum. Um, so I really want to savor this moment. This part of the journey, but after that, that's, that's with me forever."Resource Links:Donate to BenDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A survivor's fight to remain cancer free with Luke Gambale
Feb 13 2024
A survivor's fight to remain cancer free with Luke Gambale
This episode of the "Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell" podcast features an interview with Luke Gambale, who will be fighting in the upcoming Liberty Bell Brawl charity boxing event in Philadelphia to raise money for cancer research. Luke was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer when he was 30 years old. After undergoing chemotherapy and immunotherapy, he was told the cancer was incurable and he would need lifelong treatment. However, he later underwent surgery that successfully removed the tumor. He is now nearing 2 years cancer-free and sees the boxing match as a way to celebrate this milestone while fundraising for cancer charities. The hosts Todd and Julie, who are also cancer survivors, interview Luke about his cancer journey, decision to do the boxing match, training, and hopes for the event. Luke talks about ignoring health problems when he was younger, finally getting diagnosed, and going through intense cancer treatment. He provides details about his various surgeries. Luke then discusses how he learned about Haymakers for Hope events, committed to the boxing match, and started training at a local gym. He talks about staying motivated for the fundraising aspect. The hosts and Luke discuss what he's looking forward to about the upcoming media day when boxers meet their opponents. Luke also shares his excitement for fight night itself. He emphasizes that he sees the match as part of his healing journey and wants to raise money for cancer charities.Quotes(00:05:43) “To sort of have other people with you going through the exact same training regimen, same frustrations, maybe same fears, then also fundraising and having that on your shoulders is really, really helpful.”(00:43:13) “Luke, how do you live with the idea of kind of hanging over your head that you could get cancer again?”... “I mean, I could get hit by a car. I live in Philadelphia. There's a lot of bad things that could happen to me here. I would say with that it's definitely a driver just to make sure like doing all the right things to lower that chance”.(00:45:29) "Anyone can go sign up for a marathon. My brother signed up on three weeks notice and ran it. It was super awesome to do it with him. Granted, I beat him by like three hours, but not everyone can go box.Resource Links:Donate to LukeDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter’s fight to honor his best friend, his mom with Brian Wallace
Jan 30 2024
A supporter’s fight to honor his best friend, his mom with Brian Wallace
In this episode of Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell, Todd and Julie interview Brian “Braveheart” Wallace, an alumni and former boxer from the 2018 Hope NYC event. Brian took up boxing for fitness after some time off from work to travel on a personal journey, and his friend Halvo convinced him to sign up for Haymakers for Hope.The episode explores Brian's journey with Haymakers - from his initial fears about boxing and being judged, to finding a welcoming community at the gym. He won his fight, but the ultimate accomplishment was honoring his mom, a 20-year cancer survivor. Brian reflects on special moments with his mom before and after his event, including her later becoming a beloved "ring card girl" at a future event. Quotes: (00:22:25) "I swear my chest is so tight just like thinking about this moment, right? Like, it's, it is, it's, it's, it's, but I, I can, I know that feeling so well. I will never forget that moment. I will never forget that feeling."(00:26:40) "That was the most special thing was, was doing this for her and, and kind of seeing it through and then finding her."(00:44:58) "But every event I've been to, every time I step in, every time I see [the] Dark Auditorium. You know, because I'm usually there early with a spotlight shining on this boxing ring, like my heart skips and every moment from here on out."Resource Links:Donate to BrianRead Brian's Blog PostDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter's fight, marathon, plunge to live up to the motto, "Don't be a Pussy" with Jenna Taylor
Jan 16 2024
A supporter's fight, marathon, plunge to live up to the motto, "Don't be a Pussy" with Jenna Taylor
Jenna Taylor recounts her experience fighting for Haymakers for Hope, a charity that raises money for cancer research, care, awareness, and survivorship through charity boxing events. Jenna originally got involved after attending a co-worker's fight in 2017. Inspired by his fundraising effort and the spectator experience, she signed up for the next event to honor her grandfather who battled cancer. Throughout her Haymakers journey, Jenna has participated in multiple boxing bouts, marathons, and Polar Plunges. She even took a fight on 24 hours' notice to allow another fighter to still compete after a last minute cancellation. Through it all, Jenna has evolved mentally and emotionally. She credits Haymakers for instilling discipline, self-control, empowerment and changing her outlook to be more positive. Jenna cherishes the community she’s found through Haymakers. Some of her closest friendships started at events, evident by a group trip to volunteer at the debut Philly fight. She tries to recruit new fighters and spread awareness, eager to contribute to the mission of “knocking out cancer” in any way possible. For anyone hesitant to sign up, her advice is simple: “Don’t be a pussy.”Quotes:(00:02:34)"There's something about it. I was like, let's go. Let's do it. I talked to him after and I'd been present for his journey when he signed up to when he got in to media day through all of it. And it was just the whole experience. I was just like, I need that. Like every I saw the impact that he made and I wanted to do the same."(00:04:43) "I put one of those little billboards in my room with like the little letters and put ‘don't be a pussy’ because there's days that I just did not want to go."(00:14:00) “The last point two of the marathon was walking up to Julie's fridge in her garage, grabbing a beer and walking back down to the end of the driveway and that hit our 26.”Resource Links:Donate to JennaDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter's fight to honor her father's fight with Joanne Beck
Jan 2 2024
A supporter's fight to honor her father's fight with Joanne Beck
This episode of "Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell" features Joanne "Killer Bee" Beck, a fighter from the 2023 The Liberty Bell Brawl event in Philadelphia. Joanne talks about how she first heard about Haymakers from an alumni, and decided to sign up as a way to reconnect with herself and find empowerment after struggling with postpartum depression. Though training was difficult at first as she worked to regain athletic conditioning post-pregnancy, Joanne persevered with the motivation of honoring her father, who passed away from liver cancer when she was 13. She remembers her father as a fighter in his battle with cancer. During a tough training session, Joanne considered dropping out but her husband encouraged her to keep going.Joanne discusses her entrance and walkout music containing a quote from the movie "Creed" about fighting with pride for yourself.Quotes:(00:14:16) "He was the absolute epitome of a fighter in every sense of the word. And there were so many times across his two diagnoses where he could have just said like, I'm not doing this." - Joanne Beck talking about her father battling cancer(00:11:21) "He said, Joanne, put your hands up. I am not going to let you sit there and cry. After how hard you've worked and how far you have come, stand up and put your hands up, let's finish this session." - Joanne recounting her husband motivating her to keep training(00:27:59) "I feel like myself again, and I feel like I tapped into something that I don't want to let go of." - Joanne on rediscovering a part of herself through boxingResource Links:Donate to JoanneJoanne’s Fight (check out her intro)Donate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter's fight for loved ones and the belief in herself with Jennifer Markowitz
Dec 19 2023
A supporter's fight for loved ones and the belief in herself with Jennifer Markowitz
This episode of "Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell" features Jennifer Markowitz, a Haymakers for Hope charity boxing event participant. Jennifer was motivated to participate in Haymakers after her coach said that she could do it and that he believed in her, giving her the belief in herself. Her connection to the cause is personal, as she lost grandparents to cancer and her mom is a cancer survivor. On fight night, Jennifer experienced some issues with her headgear slipping off but kept fighting through it, showcasing her grit and determination. She sees boxing as transformative - it has allowed her to find confidence and empowerment while also connecting more to the passion and anger she feels around injustice. Quotes:(00:04:12)  "That pushed me forward enough. I was able to say, well, if Noel says that I can do this, I can ignore those voices that say, well, You're supposed to be able to run also like a seven minute mile and you're supposed to be able to do this, this, this, and this. And I can't do those things. So therefore I can't, I was able to kind of ignore those little things and focus on the big picture of, well, somebody in this world believes I can do this, so I'm just going to do it."(00:23:02) "It's been really exciting to discover this other part of me because that you can be more than one thing has been really exciting."(00:28:17) "You have this big goal. Stay consistent, but focus on one day at a time. Check one box at a time. That's how you're going to get to the end goal."Resource Links:Donate to JenniferDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A trainer’s run for his fighters and the cause with Mike Castillo
Dec 5 2023
A trainer’s run for his fighters and the cause with Mike Castillo
This episode of the "Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell" podcast features an interview with Mike Castillo, a boxing coach who has trained numerous fighters for the Haymakers for Hope charity boxing events over the past 11 years. Mike talks about how he got into boxing himself after a major weight loss transformation as a teenager. He started competing in amateur boxing and eventually became a coach, training both amateur and charity boxers. Mike discusses his approach to training the Haymakers boxers, many of whom have no prior boxing experience. He talks about both the physical and personal transformations he has witnessed and helping boxers overcome their fears and accomplish their goals. Julie, Todd and Mike also reflect on some of his most memorable Haymakers fighters over the years. Finally, Mike explains why fundraising for and running the NYC Marathon for Haymakers has been such a meaningful experience for him.Quotes:(00:19:19) "When you help a person accomplish that goal that they set out to accomplish, be it the W, be it to lose five or 10 pounds, to be able to run a mile in under seven minutes, being able to bench press more than their body weight, when something comes to fruition like that. It's the best feeling in the world."(00:18:09) "I think the hardest part of the training sometimes is convincing that person like, Hey man, someone's coming for your ass. You know, like you gotta, you gotta take the training serious." (00:24:32) "I feel like it's made me a better person, a better coach. And even though I don't fight anymore, a better fighter, because sometimes like I'm teaching something, a certain technique or a certain exercise or something, and then like, Oh, wait, that's how you do it or whatever."Resource Links:Donate to MikeDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A survivor's fight for herself with Nikki Joyal
Nov 21 2023
A survivor's fight for herself with Nikki Joyal
This episode of the Haymakers for Hope podcast features Nikki Joyal. Nikki was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at age 30 in 2015, shortly after having her first child. She went through intense chemotherapy and a double mastectomy before going into remission. In 2017, Nikki signed up to be a "Belle" for Haymakers for Hope, a charity that raises money for cancer research and survivorship through boxing events. This was a way for her to give back after surviving cancer.Nikki was paired with coach Todd Parris, also a cancer survivor, who helped train her for 4 months leading up to the big fight night. The training and fighting was a transformative experience for Nikki. Nikki talks about how a cancer diagnosis completely changes your perspective on life.Quotes:(00:20:22) "You don’t need to be a fighter. You don’t need to be a cheerleader. You don’t need to tell people you’re okay. You’re not okay. That’s fine."(00:33:33) "You can’t come out of that kind of treatment and that kind of scare and not be forever changed."(00:37:01) "I approach everything with, I get to do this... If you can change your mindset to I get to do this versus I have to do this. That’s when it all comes together."(00:37:59) "Do it and do it 100 percent and... really enjoy every piece of it because it goes by really fast."Resource Links:Donate to Nikki JoyalDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter's fight to honor his late father with Chris Rohland
Nov 7 2023
A supporter's fight to honor his late father with Chris Rohland
This episode of the Haymakers for Hope podcast features Chris Rohland, a former Haymakers charity boxer. Chris talks about how he first heard about Haymakers through a colleague at the Boston Globe who was preparing to fight. Although skeptical at first, Chris attended the fight and was blown away by the commitment of the fighters and the crowd support. A few years later, Chris decided to sign up to fight after encouragement from Haymakers co-founder Andrew Myerson and an offer to train from George Foreman III. Chris faced adversity in training due to injuries from a previous serious car accident. But with dedication and his trainer George's belief in him, he was able to get in fighting shape. On fight night, Chris left it all in the ring. He was filled with emotion after completing the demanding training and fighting for his father, who died of cancer at age 58. Chris says the experience taught him you have to fully commit to get results. He remains involved with Haymakers and says it has become an important part of his life.Timestamped Quotes:(00:00:44)  "I always was looking for ways to honor my father, who died, you know, again from cancer when he was 58. And I'm 58 now, so it's kind of surreal for me to think that that was it for him, you know, 58."(00:20:53) "I remember Rod saying to me, Man, good thing we didn't have another couple rounds because I was getting gassed and you just kept coming."  (00:21:36) "I sat down in the corner and started on taping myself and just kind of, and I'll admit it, I just kind of cried because you just left everything in that ring and it was, uh, It was amazing."(00:22:24) "Listen to your trainer and don't go against what he or she tells you what to do. Go all in."Resource Links:Donate to Chris RohlandDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter's fight for his superhero. His son.
Oct 24 2023
A supporter's fight for his superhero. His son.
This episode of Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell features Billy Collins. Billy explains how his young son Liam was diagnosed with leukemia at 18 months old during the pandemic. He shares how Liam went through nearly 3 years of treatment with a positive attitude, calling the nurses his best friends and wearing superhero outfits. Billy emphasizes the importance of relying on your medical team and communicating openly with your spouse when a child is diagnosed with cancer. He is fighting on behalf of the hospitals that treated Liam as well as Camp Fantastic, which supports kids with cancer. Billy talks about training at Mendez Boxing in Harlem and how it will be an emotional fight night on November 2nd at the Hammerstein Ballroom, marking the gym's return to Haymakers after the passing of Francisco Mendez. He is grateful for the support of his coaches, teammates, friends and family through this journey. Billy encourages listeners to visit the Haymakers website to donate and attend the upcoming fight.Timestamped quotes:(00:17:08) "Oh, he was a fighter and I know obviously we're haymakers. Everyone says that, but, but that we said that before we even knew about it, he made sounds weird to say he made the easy, the process so easy on all of us. My wife and I, his nurses, his doctors, he just went in with a, like, every day is a good day attitude."(00:21:22) "Oh, man. The internet can be a rabbit hole. Careful what you search. I say that because again, we were in this pandemic. We were between our four walls. It was just my wife and I. We just were told the diagnosis. One of us was in the hospital, but we were trying to figure all these things out and you can google anything and it doesn't apply to your situation."(00:33:00) "Boxing is really not easy. And to, to learn a sport as difficult as boxing on top of your work, on top of your family, fundraising, it's really challenging. And to watch 32 people. Put something extra on their plate and keep going is really inspiring.”Resource Links:Donate to Billy CollinsDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter’s fight for Emme and pediatric cancer with Cara Goodwin
Oct 10 2023
A supporter’s fight for Emme and pediatric cancer with Cara Goodwin
This episode of Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell features Cara Goodwin, who is currently training to compete in the Bells of the Brawl 10 charity boxing event on October 12th, 2022. Cara started boxing in 2017 as an outlet during a stressful time in her life. She was originally drawn to Haymakers because it looked challenging and fun. More recently, Cara was inspired to compete after a friend's young daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric brain cancer.Cara has been training remotely between North Carolina and Massachusetts. She discusses the ups and downs of training, especially balancing it with work and family obligations, but says having a purpose makes her not want to quit. Her main motivation is raising money for pediatric cancer research, especially for her friend's daughter Emme who is battling choroid plexus carcinoma.Notable moments:(11:13) "If you have a cause that gives you purpose. You won't quit.”(12:19) "The amount of personal growth from it for me has been well worth the journey and then some in terms of just challenging myself to do things that I didn't know I could."(15:14) "You have an opportunity to make a difference. I think when people find out like you're actually fighting somebody else to raise funds, they're like, oh, you know, wow."(19:34) "It's you against you most of the time, which is another, another challenging aspect of it."(23:39) "I work really freaking hard. I do, like, every damn day I'm out there, like, regardless of how I'm feeling."(27:20) "My hope for Fight Night is just to enjoy it, to take it all in. We've worked so hard and now it's like at the pinnacle, and just trying to remember what I know, what I've learned."(29:51) "If you have a purpose behind this cause and have been impacted by cancer and you're also not afraid to commit to something that's going to be really challenging, but really, really rewarding. Do it."Resource Links:Donate to Cara GoodwinDonate to Haymakers for HopeFollow Haymakers on InstagramHaymakers for Hope is an official 501(c)(3) charity organization that gives you the opportunity to fight back against cancer. They also have charity bibs for races all across the country and host charity golf tournaments.Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian A Lewis II.
A supporter's fight and his survivor with Steve and Meg Vacarro
May 9 2023
A supporter's fight and his survivor with Steve and Meg Vacarro
About the episode Today’s episode of Not Every Fight Ends At The Bell is a very special one. Julie and Todd talk to Steve and Meg Vaccaro about Meg’s experience with Cancer, which inspired him to sign up and fight for H4H. Tune in and listen to their incredible story. JUMP STRAIGHT INTO:(01:16) - Round 1: How Steve met Meg - “So we hit it off at the parking lot, just talking, and the rest is history.”(06:39) -Fall of 2020: The beginning of the nightmare - “Yeah, so like it started in the summer actually. I was like not feeling great. Like random, just like, ache, joint pain. I was tired all the time.”(12:56) - The tip of the iceberg - “For me, it was like, I mean, I knew how she was feeling, to an extent. She doesn’t like to talk when she gets… at times… she naturally wants to tryna keep everything… She is too tough.”(21:22) - Fighting Cancer - “Yeah, so I did end up having, um, I had a left breast mastectomy. They ended up doing an MRI after they did the biopsy and it came back positive.”(27:49) - Round two: Getting into boxing - “I draw my inspiration from Megan, you know, so I don’t know maybe I find it a little different experience than a lot of people that maybe just sign up because they think it’s cool, maybe they just want to tryna get to boxing.”Resource Links:Donate to SteveBreast Cancer Research FundLeukemia and Lymphoma SocietyNot Every Fight Ends at the Bell - Show PageHaymakers for Hope - HomepageHaymakers for Hope - InstagramStudioPod Media
A supporter's proactive fight for a cure with Steph Kent
May 2 2023
A supporter's proactive fight for a cure with Steph Kent
About the episode Can Boxing be a meditation?Steph Kent joins Julie and Todd today to answer this question. In this episode, you will hear three really exciting rounds about why Steph decided to fundraise for cancer research, how she found out about Haymakers and accidentally signed up for a fight. Plus, Steph shares how she confronted her feelings to quit and the amazing idea she had to honor someone in a fight.JUMP STRAIGHT INTO:(01:40) - Round 1: Meet Steph, California, Kent - “I don't wanna be reacting to that when it happens. I wanna do everything I can to get rid of this awful disease ahead of time. So, Inspired me to do, um, some sort of fundraising.”(09:15) - To quit or not to quit - “The temptation of quit is just kind of all around you all the time. But that's the really remarkable thing about Haymakers for Hope they teach you how to sort of channel all these feelings of discomfort and put them onto a cause that's bigger than you.”(16:27) - Round 2: Fighting for research - “The feeling of being really helpless and feeling like there was nothing to do other than wait is, you know, what sort of initially led me to look for a way to fundraising it for cancer research.”(22:25) - Round three: Before the bell - “My haymakers fight was wonderful and I didn't have that feeling, that sense of having done everything I could, but it would've been even better if I could just really step out there saying, I gave it absolutely everything I had.”(26:50) - After the bell: How has boxing continued to be a  part of Steph’s life - “Boxing is just the most, uh, incredible mental training for, I always tell people who are, um, who are surprised that I do boxing that, uh, it's really more like chess or like meditation than it is war.”Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian Lewis.Resource Links:Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell - Show PageHaymakers for Hope - HomepageHaymakers for Hope - InstagramStudioPod MediaView Steph’s Fundraising PageWatch Steph’s FightConnect with Steph Kent on LinkedInFollow Steph on InstagramFollow Mendez Boxing on Instagram
A supporter's fight for his Mom and his best friend with Adam Glenn
Apr 18 2023
A supporter's fight for his Mom and his best friend with Adam Glenn
About the episode For this episode of Not Every Fight Ends At The Bell Julie and Todd talk to Adam Glenn about his boxing experience, life lessons and the importance of family. Adam grew up in gyms where his dad, legendary Jimmy Glenn, trained boxers. Later in his life, Adam had to take care of his mother who had lung cancer. Tune in and listen about Adam’s really deep connection to boxing and his strong motivation to fight cancer.JUMP STRAIGHT INTO:(01:26) - Round 1: Introducing Adam Glenn - “I was like I’d like to have a fight but I’m not gonna turn in for the gloves, I don’t gonna do that, I’d like to have the opportunity to have a fight and, you know, Haymakers seemed the right kind of opportunity for me.”(05:32) -Fight night: The son of legendary Jimmy Glenn - “I mean that was, for me, that was a huge part of the experience. You know boxing has always connected me and my dad in a lot of ways.”(11:57) - Round 2: Fighting to honor - “For me, most importantly, I was fighting for my mom. My mom had passed away two years before that from lung cancer. That was a big part of the reason that I wanted to have a fight with Haymakers.”(15:48) - Having something to fight for - “Just watching my parents always work, and always work so hard. And being the people they are, you know, we don’t go into things sort of to do it halfaway, like if I’m gonna do something, Im gonna do it all the way or I’m not going to do it at all. ”(18:33) - Round three: After the bell - “Boxing is something, like once it gets inside your system it doesn’t go away, um, and you kinda have to let yourself pass that first month because that first month sucks for everyone.”Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian Lewis.Resource Links:Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell - Show PageHaymakers for Hope - HomepageHaymakers for Hope - InstagramStudioPod MediaFollow Jimmy’s Corner on Instagram and Facebook. View Adam’s fundraising page Adam Glenn | Haymakers for HopeWatch Adam’s FightFollow Mendez Boxing Gym on Instagram
A survivor's fight for herself with Allison Picott
Apr 4 2023
A survivor's fight for herself with Allison Picott
About the episode It’s time to get back to the ring and talk to a very special member of the Haymakers family, Allison Picott. Allison shares with Todd and Julie about her first experience at the gym, the challenge that it meant to learn a new sport and the unexpected community she found in the boxing world. Tune in and listen to Allison’s inspiring story on how she fought breast cancer and reclaim herself in the ring. JUMP STRAIGHT INTO:(01:13) - Round 1: Give a warm welcome to Allison, one two punch, Picott- “It was like crazy intimidating to me. But I knew I what I was getting myself into. So from there I was just like, basically I needed to figure out how to keep up with.”(06:46) - Mastering the technique - “I've never had to go from zero to 60 in, you know, four months time. Um, so it was learning the technique, um, learning the rules, you know, just sitting down and reading the rules and understanding what it’s like in a boxing ring.”(09:29) - The moment of truth: Allison’s match - “I was not feeling my best, but, um, I felt like strong as hell and, um, and I was excited for it.”(16:05) - Round 2: Fighting breast cancer - “I was fighting largely for myself, as a way to reclaim, myself and my health, even at that point being nine years out from my diagnosis and treatment.”(24:00) - Round three: Haymaker’s impact on Allison’s life - “ I didn't realize when I signed up, that I would be gaining, not only a new, love of a sport, but a new community.”Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian Lewis.Resource Links:Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell - Show PageHaymakers for Hope - HomepageHaymakers for Hope - InstagramStudioPod MediaConnect with Allison Picott on LinkedInFind more about the Lenny Zakim FundView Allison’s fundraising page Belles 2019 | Haymakers for HopeWatch Allison’s FightFollow Allison on InstagramFollow Back Bay Boxing on Instagram
A supporter's fight to honor his mentors with Jon Halvorson
Mar 21 2023
A supporter's fight to honor his mentors with Jon Halvorson
About the episode In this episode, Todd and Julie talk to Haymakers Board Member Jon Halvorson about fighting for the cause, his boxing experience, his first match and his passion for what Haymakers is doing. Tune in and listen to Jon’s incredible view of boxing and life, why joining Haymakers is an unforgettable journey and how a phrase changed his perspective on cancer forever.  JUMP STRAIGHT INTO:(01:50) - Round 1: Introducing Johnny, on the spot, Halverstone - “When you see someone who has done so many things, talk about his journey and that you can't help but want to do that, to make an impact on this terrible disease and help fight this cause.”(04:49) - Havo’s first boxing experience - “You just really learn that getting punched isn't that bad. And it's not devastating. It's not crushing, and you push forward. So I think there's that moment.”(9:25) - The Match - “This is what you've trained for, this is what you've done the pushups for, this is what you've done the cost for. And you remember what you're gonna fight for.”(12:42) - Round 2 - “Even when someone's gone, cancer isn't a sentence, and there is something that goes so much further in their legacy and in their kids and watching them.”(16:10) - Haymakers for Hope legacy - “Haymakers been a journey that's been able to continue and being a part of the board. I've just seen it expand to new cities, DC, Denver.”(19:04) - Round three: Boxing as a lifestyle - “The coaches, are such interesting people and give you skills that don't just help inside a little ring, but I mean, I repeat those quips every single day. It makes me a better leader, a better executive, just a better, more interesting”Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell is presented and produced by Haymakers for Hope, in partnership with StudioPod Media. Our producers are former fighters Jordan McMillan and Julian Lewis.Resource Links:Not Every Fight Ends at the Bell - Show PageHaymakers for Hope - HomepageHaymakers for Hope - InstagramStudioPod MediaConnect with Jon Halvorson on LinkedIn and Twitter.View Jon’s fundraising page New York City 2016 | Haymakers for HopeWatch Jon’s FightFollow Jon on InstagramFollow Church Street Boxing Gym on Instagram