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In the Clearing Stands a Boxer

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Publication date: September 2013
ISBN: 9781622874156
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When I first heard about Haymakers for Hope, I was overtaken with two conflicting emotions: excitement and trepidation. The latter, of course, was natural considering the fact that few of us will ever box three two-minute rounds in a ring at The House of Blues in Boston in front of 1,500 screaming fans. The former, however, was aided and abetted by Jimmy McGrail, a friend from Charlestown who competed at the 2012 event and would become my mentor for this challenge. After listening to his stories about training and the amazing group of people associated with Haymakers for Hope, I was hooked. Soon, I learned that two friends-of-friends had fought in previous years and that an acquaintance of mine was also signed up for this year's card. I have done some crazy athletic stunts in the past, but this one had to be the most daring. Whatever bravery I needed to muster, though, paled in comparison to the struggles of several people I know who have battled cancer in the past and are fighting for their lives now. I boxed for them because they have inspired me with courage and candor throughout their treatments and recoveries. Lyn Ackerly, this one was for you! Beyond the personal test of conditioning oneself for a bout, it was the mission of supporting The Jimmy Fund and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that made taking a few punches all the more rewarding. I was fortunate to get into the ring with fellow participants Matt Smith, Maria Tedeschi, Judd Smith, Michelle Kalas, and Ned Hare - and to spar with a great boxer like Jesse Rasid - at Quietman Sports Gym under the direction of our trainer, Dan Parks. We did our best to make one another better and collectively raised over $40K to fight cancer. This poetry journal/journey details the emotions of a five-month, irreproducible saga and includes photographs of and commentary from many of the Boston '13 boxers. Best of all, part of the proceeds from sales will benefit Haymakers for Hope. Follow @StandsABoxer on Twitter. George Aaron Cuddy @cuddyboston September 2013 Author Bio: George Aaron Cuddy is the author of Where Hash Rules, a history of the iconic Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe in Boston's South End, and resides in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles, served in the United States Marine Corps, and has never had a cup of coffee. In The Clearing Stands A Boxer is his first poetry collection. Follow @cuddyboston on Twitter. keywords: Poetry, Boston, Boxing, Cancer, Haymakers for Hope, George Aaron Cuddy, Where Hash Rules
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