Mark Benoit

August 18, 2016
Filed Under: Fighters, Main Event

To my Friends, Family and Colleagues,

I am deeply honored to announce that I have been selected to fight in the 2017 Fight to End Cancer in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. While my participation in this event includes training and boxing, more importantly I will be actively and persistently raising funds for cancer research. The ultimate goal of this venture is To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime!

When I step into the ring on May 27, 2017 I will be fighting in the memory of Dr. Lionel Everett Mcleod. Dr. Mcleod was not only a medical researcher of world renown, a Markle Scholar and an avid runner, hiker, sailor and a voracious reader. Lionel also served as the Dean of Medicine at the University of Calgary, was a founding President of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, a President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and was possibly the kindest man I have ever met. Aside from Lionel’s numerous accolades and achievements, Lionel moved through his life with a profound sense of humility and modesty. These characteristics made him a person you not only wanted to spend time with but someone you immediately respected and admired. I was fortunate to spend much time with Lionel. Through his life Lionel gave unconditionally of his time, his mind and much of his energies towards the improvement of the human condition through medicine. After an acclaimed medical career and five months before his 66th  birthday, Lionel was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Four weeks after his diagnosis Lionel succumbed to the ravages of this disease. A man who gave his life for the betterment of others was robbed of his future. While I am fighting in memory of a fine man, I am really fighting to preserve and protect the future of all……fighting to beat cancer.

Please help me in this fight. Our collective future will benefit. With your help, I know we can make a difference. Thank you all for your support!……AND…please follow my weekly training blog…

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To the future!

Mark