Orewa's Jon Copeland gets in the ring to help find a cure for his son
Twenty fighters will be getting in the ring next month to raise money and awareness for Cure Kids.
Orewa's Jon Copeland is one of those fighters representing his son Corin, 7, who is an ambassador for the charity.
With the drive to help find a cure for his son and help other children, October 13 will be Jon's first time getting in the ring at Auckland's Langham Hotel.
"We have spent quite a lot of time working with Cure Kids and in and out of hospital with Corin as he has a rare condition that only one other person in New Zealand has, and only 40 reported around the world.
"The genetic condition doesn't even have a name yet as it is so rare. Corin lacks elastin in his arteries and veins which cause them to close," he said.
Corin has had many open heart surgeries and stents put in to help him and the doctors have to treat every issue as they arrive as there is no cure.
"I want to raise $5000 which will help Cure Kids to find the cure," Copeland said.
Jon was approached by Cure Kids to fight in March and saw it as a good challenge where he could push himself out of his comfort zone and help Kiwi kids.
"I have been training at City Kickboxing around nine times a week since July and feel pretty confident.
"It has been quite hard juggling work, training and family but it is something I really enjoy at the moment."
Corin said he watched Jon train when he started back in July.
"It is exciting and I think he will win," he said.
The fights have been put together by the charity and Les Mills.
Jon encourages people to get on board and donate to help children who are in need.
"Cure Kids raise funds to enable high-impact health research to develop preventative approaches, improved treatments and ultimately, the cures our kids need.
"They have funded, or currently fund research investigating better treatments and cures for childhood cancers, inherited heart conditions, cystic fibrosis, sudden unexpected deaths in infants, stillbirth, asthma, burns, epilepsy, and child and adolescent mental health among many others."
So far Jon has raised $2732.75 for Cure Kids.
To help him to achieve his goal you can donate to fight-night-17.everydayhero.com/nz/jon-goldie-big-fight-out
- Rodney Times