Sports

Summit's Keneally is Ready to Fight Against Cancer in Haymakers for Hope, Nov. 6

e3b338e0976e3bb05157_chrisk.jpg
Chris Keneally, a former pro football player, is on the Nov. 6 card for cancer research fundraiser Haymakers for Hope
e3b338e0976e3bb05157_chrisk.jpg

SUMMIT, NJ - There are many ways to fight cancer and Chris Keneally has been training since July 9 to literally "fight" to defeat cancer.

The sales executive from Summit and former New Providence resident is set to get in the ring with attorney Nick Lageman to raise money for cancer research through "Haymakers for Hope.' Keneally and Lageman will battle for two three-minute rounds on Thursday, Nov. 6 in New York's Best Buy Theater.

The two boxers will raise money when people donate under their name at Haymakers for Hope, under the Tale of the Tape section. As of Oct. 30, Keneally had raised $14,907 in donations.

Sign Up for E-News

"The reason that I took on this challenge is mainly because two of my college friends, a husband and wife, participated," Keneally said. "The wife fought last October in Boston and her husband participated in May of this year. It was inspiring to follow their journey to fight night.

"Certainly you would be hard-pressed to find someone that has not had a friend, family friend, work friend that hasn’t been affected by cancer. I myself have had family members, friends from college and work colleagues fall victim to cancer and I wanted to do my part."

The 6-7, 275-pound Keneally, now 42, is a former college and professional football player. He played at the University of Rhode Island, then for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football Leauge. He also was an offensive lineman for the New York City franchise in Arena Football. But he hadn't been a competitive athlete for years, so he had to do a lot of training to get ready for this fight.

"For me, that meant sacrificing to get up at 4 a.m. five days a week to train at Mendez Boxing Gym in NYC," Keneally said. "I have been training since July 9th for this fight. During this time I have not only lost 36 pounds, but have realized that there is so much more that I can accomplish with my life. 

"I have been pushed harder than I have ever been pushed, both physically and mentally. This has been a transformational experience for me. Through the use of Social Media, mainly Facebook and Twitter, I have connected to cancer survivors and organizations to help raise money for research.  I have had so much support from my family and friends, it has been amazing."

 For the event, the money Keneally raises will go to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

"It will be donated in the name of Jack Brill, the late father of one of my closest friends at LinkedIn," Keneally said. "Her father passed away three years ago and I wanted to do something that was meaningful for someone close to me.  Certainly, I could have done it in the name of my grandfather or grandmother, who passed from cancer 31 and 12 years ago, respectively, but this was more important to me to do this for her.

"The organization is fantastic and I am looking forward to joining the board of directors once the my fight is over, but as we say, “Not every fight ends at the bell!”

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Annual Fishing Derby Returns to Oakwood Park on Saturday, April 28

April 20, 2018

Mark your calendars!  The annual Fishing Derby returns to Oakwood Park Saturday, April 28th, rain or shine, from 8:00 – 11:00am.  Co-sponsored by New Providence P.B.A. Local #132 and New Providence Recreation, this family favorite event is one of the borough’s “signs of spring”!

Bring your rod, reel & bait to fish for trout of varying sizes stocked in ...

Free Living History Event Showcases World War I Centennial

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to experience battlefield life as a World War I American Salvation Army volunteer, featuring Ms. Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke, actress and storyteller, in a special free presentation of “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in France.”

Doughnuts for Doughboys takes place on Tuesday, April 25 at ...

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

April 16, 2018

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...

The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

April 6, 2018

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_7f6c107703df2d416aa6_barre_intesity

Fri, April 20, 8:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_7b4ac10bfb421f5091c7_vinyasaclass

Fri, April 20, 9:15 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Vinayasa Flow

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_a4801a3d56342db1596a_pilates_reformer

Fri, April 20, 10:30 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Pilates Reformer

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_604a2d1056492309ccd0_social-post-spring-camp-1080x1080

Fri, April 20, 2:00 PM

My Gym New Providence, New Providence

Spring Camp at My Gym New Providence

Arts & Entertainment Education Health & Wellness Other Sports

Sat, April 21, 9:00 AM

Green Village

Indoor Flea Market

Arts & Entertainment