Striking Out at Cancer
Eric Cohen raises money for the SWCRF by stepping into the ring at Haymakers for Hope.
|Eric Cohen is named the victor at his boxing match.|
The fight against cancer took on new meaning on November 19 when Eric Cohen, proprietor of EBC Capital, won a boxing match at the fourth annual Haymakers for Hope New York City charity boxing tournament at Madison Square Garden and donated his winnings to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF).
Cohen was among 30 first-time boxers to participate in the benefit for cancer and triumphed over his opponent, a New York-based writer, although both men raised money for their respective charities.
Cohen’s father was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer of the oral tongue two years ago and is now in remission and undergoing therapy. The heavy toll his father’s cancer treatment had on his father and his family moved Cohen to literally strike back at cancer after being introduced to Haymakers for Hope by a friend. He learned about the SWCRF’s work from SWCRF board member Kenneth Fishel and attended one of the foundation’s Millennial Society events. Impressed by the foundation’s work, he selected it as his beneficiary for his first-ever participation in the Haymakers tournament.
Despite having fractured ribs resulting from his eight months of training, he bested his opponent in a grueling six-minute fight that lasted three rounds. In pain from his injuries, he nearly quit at several moments during the bout but seeing his family and friends in the audience cheering him on motivated him to see the fight through.
“We congratulate Eric on his win and thank him for demonstrating how support for cancer research comes in many forms,” said Samuel Waxman, M.D., founder and CEO of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.
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