Mike Strange is going the distance to beat childhood cancer

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Former Canadian amateur boxing champion Mike Strange is running across eastern Canada to raise money that helps knock out childhood cancer. Donations can be made at BoxRun.org.

Former Canadian amateur boxing champion Mike Strange is getting back in the ring — this time to battle childhood cancer.


This time he’s taking off the boxing gloves and lacing up his sneakers.

Strange is on the eastern leg of his cross-Canada run, which he calls BoxRun, to raise money for the McMaster Stem Cell & Cancer Research Institute and Ronald McDonald houses across the country.

He stopped in Charlottetown on Thursday. BoxRun is a charitable foundation he started to help knock out childhood cancer.

Strange said kids suffering from cancer can end up spending years in hospital which can cause any family financial issues.

“They need a place where they can go where they don’t have to pay for a hotel or parking and food. There have been families that have stayed for over a year in Ronald McDonald house,’’ Strange said.

His inspiration comes from Matthew (Matteo) Mancini, whom he met in the fall of 2011. Matteo had just lost a leg to bone cancer but that did not stop him from coming out on the first BoxRun in 2012. He died on May 8, 2013, so Strange decided to honour him by starting this year’s BoxRun on May 8.

“It’s just wrong for kids to get cancer. It’s not the right order of life for a child to pass before their parents.’’

Strange ran nearly 3,200 kilometres down the Trans-Canada Highway in 2012 from Thunder Bay, Ont., to Victoria, B.C., raising more than $100,000 in the process. All of it was donated to Childhood Cancer Canada. This year, his BoxRun will take him 3,800 kilometres. He started in St. John’s, N.L., and will wrap things up in his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ont. He will run the equivalent of 90 marathons in 90 days. Strange wanted to raise $1 million this year.

So far, they’ve got $20,000.

“We’re starting to build momentum.’’

Donations can be made at www.BoxRun.org.

Organizations: Cross-Canada, McMaster Stem Cell Cancer Research Institute, Ronald McDonald house Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Thunder Bay, Victoria Niagara Falls

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