Mike's Inspiration

who is your inspiration?

  • i have met too many children afflicted with life threatening diseases like cancer.  Kelsey, matteo and nick have inspired and  driven me to do everything I can to help knock out childhood cancer
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  • get involved, help us share  the boxrun mission throughout your community
  • ​Together we can knock out childhood cancer

Kelsey Hill 


I met Kelsey at Heater's Heroes in Niagara Falls in 2011. Heater's Heroes is an annual charity event we hold in Niagara to help children with life threatening and life altering diseases. I was so touched by Kelsey that we participated together in the Terry Fox run that fall. It was her strength, spirit and loving nature that inspired me to run the first BoxRun in 2012. 

matthew "matteo" mancini


I met Matteo in the fall of 2011 and we connected instantly. 

Such a brave young man, someone that you just wanted to be around. Matteo had just lost a leg to cancer but that did not stop him coming out on the first BoxRun in 2012. He was truly an inspiration to me and I miss him dearly. Matteo passed away on May 8th of 2013 and we will honour him by starting this years BoxRun on May 8th, 2014. 

nick roma 


Nick's kind hearted, gentle nature is amazing considering the fight with leukemia he has endured and continues to battle at present. During his battle Nick lost all his limbs due to septic shock, a potential side effect of chemotherapy treatment.  I am very fortunate to know Nick and call him my friend. Nick will be joining me and helping out on the BoxRun in 2014. 

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