On September 21, I’m strapping on boxing gloves and stepping into the ring at Fight Night presented by KO Public Affairs to support young adults going through their own bouts with cancer. As an Everyday Hero, I am committed to training, and raising awareness for this amazing cause. As a culmination of my efforts, I will go rounds against another “mover and shaker” of the community in front of a packed crowd at Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino.
Proceeds from Fight Night will benefit the Ulman Foundation, a non-profit organization that creates a community of support for adolescents and young adults impacted by cancer. This organization, along with hundreds of volunteers, provide a variety of services and programs for these young adults and their families -such as the brand new Ulman House! Ulman House offers free housing for patients and their caregivers as they undergo treatment in the Baltimore area, providing a short commute to our four local hospitals. The Patient Navigation Team address concerns specific to young adult patients, like fertility preservation, financial assistance, survivorship programs and the transition back to school or work. Ulman also awards over 30 scholarships each year to young adults impacted by cancer!
Supporting these young adults is important to me, and this is why I have chosen to become an Everyday Hero. Help me support their fight against cancer by donating to my page and contributing that extra one-two punch to knockout cancer!
More about John Marsh:
John Marsh is a Baltimore resident and Digital Strategy Director at Mindgrub. John’s decision to become an Everyday Hero was motivated by an item on his bucket list: to fight in the ring before hitting 50. John has witnessed firsthand the devastating effect that cancer can have on a patient and their loved ones through a close family friend’s battle with lung cancer. Sherry, who John described as a second mother, is memorialized within his collection of tattoos through the letters S.A.F. serving a double meaning as Sherry’s initials, and Strong As Fuck.
While Marsh is somewhat new to boxing, he’s no stranger to combative sports. In the past John was active in Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu and describes these as his “therapy.” With boxing, Marsh found an escape from his busy schedule, centering his attention on the situation immediately in front of him- focusing intently on when he needs to dodge or throw a punch, rather than his daily workload. Marsh’s competitive nature is what motivates him each day to train- when he’s not in the gym, he pictures his opponent hard at work, gearing up for their match.
John hopes that through participating and fundraising for Fight Night, we can continue to spread awareness for the 72,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer each year, while providing them the support and resources they need. Donations made to John’s page will benefit the Ulman Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer. Help us make Fight Night sponsored by KO Public Affairs a total knockout and donate or purchase your tickets today!