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Real Estate Professionals Jump Into the Ring to Fight Against Cancer for Haymakers For Hope Charity Boxing Event

Written by Realty Times Staff Posted On Tuesday, 13 August 2019 09:55

WASHINGTON — On September 19th, two real estate professionals from D.C. will compete in a Haymakers for Hope charity boxing match to “knockout” cancer.

Haymakers for Hope is a nonprofit organization that raises money for cancer research, care, and survivorship through charity boxing matches in cities across America.

Connor McCarthy and Derrick Powell, both 36 and co-workers at Miller Walker, have decided to put on boxing gloves for the first time ever to raise money and awareness for a cause that hits close to home.

McCarthy, who works as a Retail Broker at Miller Walker and is a native of Washington, D.C., is looking to step out of his comfort zone throughout the training process. The cause is personal to him as his brother and father are cancer survivors of melanoma and prostate cancer. As the father of two young kids, McCarthy is looking to specifically focus on raising money for children with cancer and their families.

“I want to raise money for a good cause and raise awareness for those battling cancer. This is personal to me,” McCarthy said. “Fighting pediatric cancer is one we need to take on and knock out -- I can’t imagine one of my two kids having to deal with something like that.”

Powell, a resident of D.C. who works as the Marketing Director at Miller Walker, is competing in this year’s match to get in shape and fight for his mother specifically, who battled stage four cancer.

“My mom beat cancer twice and I want to do my part to help fight cancer,” Powell said.

The two men have been assigned a local gym, trainer and training program to help them prepare for the fight in September. Each participant must make a pledge to raise at least $5,000 for cancer research and survivorship -- McCarthy and Powell both hope to greatly exceed that throughout their journey.

In addition to real estate professionals like McCarthy and Powell, other amateur boxers competing this year include cancer survivors, oncology nurses, and veterans from across the DMV.

Since its initial event in 2011, Haymakers for Hope has raised more than $11.5 million, turning nearly 690 ordinary people into extraordinary amateur fighters over the course of four months. The organization has held similar events in New York, Boston, and Denver. D.C. will be the Haymakers’ fourth city.

This year’s match will take place on September 19th at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. Tickets start at $75 per person. To learn more, visit

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