Knock-Out Breast Cancer

$6,316 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 86 people in 44 months
Hello and thank you very much for taking the time to read my page. My name is Brian Lane; I am 25 years old and from Cincinnati, Ohio. Two years ago a friend, and roommate at the time, talked me into purchasing a Groupon to The Punch House. The Punch House was a local boxing gym that was not located far from our  apartment.  At first I was hesitant, but in the back of my mind I knew I needed to get back into shape. What better sport is there for an  athletically aggressive, yet teddy bear-like,  ex-football player other than boxing, right?

Right. Little did I know everything about that gym was going to change my life in more ways than just getting back in shape. It took just one day there for me to fall in love with it and begin going religiously. Soon thereafter, and through the constant encounters with other Punch House "devotees", what I received was much more than the rock hard abs I had originally signed up for. Amazing friendships were built; friendships in which I will be forever grateful. As time passed my love and dedication to boxing as a whole grew stronger, as did my friendships and aspirations to continually push myself to exceed my expectations.  


Spring of 2014 came around and my world was turned upside down. I was six hours away in Illinois making calls for work when my dad called and said it's time to cut the trip short and come  home. Right away I knew something was wrong, Mike Lane does not cut a work week short unless there is something seriously wrong. The six hour drive  felt like 18 hours because I had so many things were racing through my head. Was I being fired? Did my apartment burn down? Is the dog sick? When I walked into my parents  house I see both of my amazing sisters sitting at the counter, somber as can be. My mom was sitting there looking perfect while looking at me with a half-smile. Then there was the leader, the boss, the big man of the family standing in front of everyone. He wasted no time filling me in on what the rest of the family already knew. When those dreaded words, “Brian, your mom has Breast Cancer” came firing out of my dad’s mouth I felt like I was hit with the hardest punch I could ever be hit with. I did not know my breath could just up and leave my body so quickly. I remember hitting the floor in tears searching for my breath. All I could hear were my sisters crying and my dad saying, "I am sorry theres no easy way to deliver that message." Finally I feel someones hands pick my 270 lb body up, and go figure, the only person strong enough to do that was my mom, Holly Lane.

 So many people from the gym reached out. They would let me come in and lend a ear, lend a shoulder or just leave me be so I could swing at the bag out of anger like a mad man. Every single one of my day one friends whom I have known my entire life stood by my side in full support through the entire process. People I had not heard from in years called me, texted me, and emailed me in support. Friends who have regrettably been through the same dreadful experience sent me uplifting and encouraging words of support. My boys, my "semi-circle" never let me feel alone from the get-go, and they have no clue how much that meant to me. (So for all of you reading this now, Thank You, I love you all and you have no clue how much it meant to me.)  



The love I felt from new friends and childhood friends was unbelievable and the support my family received was uplifting. My mom never once complained, she rolled up her sleeves like she always does, and she kicked the shit out of breast cancer. Two surgeries and 19 radiation treatments later we can luckily and thankfully say she is cancer free. 

So this brings me to the present time and day. I sit here with a new outlook and appreciation for life, along with a new goal. This goal is to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer at every opportunity I get.

A few weeks ago some of the trainers at the gym approached me inquiring if I wanted to fight in their amateur fight night coming up November 14th. At first, I was terrified-I love boxing, I love the workout and release it gives me but I am no fighter. Then one night after I swore I would never fight, I thought, “Brian, your mom fought and she didn’t have a choice. It’s time to put your mind to something and dedicate yourself to something bigger than you and give it your all, win or lose.” So I have decided to take part in my first, and hopefully only boxing match on November 14th. Now instead of just proving to myself I could face my fears by getting in the ring, I wanted to also bring some good from it all (aside from entertaining all my friends as they laugh at me while I get punched in the face). If I am going to get punched, I am going to do it while helping the ultimate fight that I have come to be so connected to. The fight against Breast Cancer.

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by Cancer in one way or another. I wish I could raise money for the fight against all types of Cancer. Because of the deep connection I have with Breast Cancer I have decided to raise and donate all funds to the Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Chapter . On November 14th the Punch House is teaming up with me, the fighters participating and anyone else who comes out that night to help Knock-Out Breast Cancer. 

With this, I would personally like to ask you to please consider donating to my fight – my fight in the boxing ring, my Fight For a Cure. I am a lucky one: I still have my mother and she is Cancer free, but there are far more people out there who could use a hand in this fight. Every last dollar helps us reach the ultimate goal – no donation is too small. For those of you that do choose to donate and/or support me in this event in any way, I can promise you one thing: I will never stop fighting for a cure, long after I bring my passion for boxing to a bittersweet end.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider my story. I appreciate you.

One Love,

Brian Lane

Knowledge is power-so please read and share this with loved ones and gain a better grasp on this awful disease and learn how you can better prevent it by early detetcion. 
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Well the day has finally arrived. It feels like I have been patiently waiting for this day to come forever. Since the moment I announced I was doing this fight, and what I was fighting for the support has been absolutely amazing. Phone calls, emails and countless text came flooding in along with an overwhelming display of generosity and love from all of you. The fact we were able to raise well over $6,000 is absolutely incredible. Every last one of you will be getting a personal note of thanks from me, so please know that I have seen all of the donations and all of the messages and they mean the world to me.
Tonight you are going to see a bunch of people who have worked their tails off, grew a big set of metaphorical balls and agreed to walk into the ring for the first time (for most of us). We are not fighters, we are not people looking to break onto the boxing scene; we are just people who fell in love with a workout and decided to see what it’s like to get in the ring, look our opponent right in the eyes and say, give me your best shot because here comes mine. This fundraiser should not take anything away from all of the hard work everyone else has put in, and I want to personally congratulate every single one of the fighters for getting to this point tonight.
Tonight is about so much more than my mother and her fight. It is about everyone who has fought the good fight, and everyone who has been negatively impacted by it. I always tell people that my mom getting breast cancer was the best worst thing that could have ever happened to my family and me. It put everything into a new perspective, it made me appreciate life and know that we are not invincible, and that the stat of 1 in 8 women is a very real stat that can hit far too close to home. This is a fight against all cancer, a show of respect for everyone who has fought and is fighting. So for all of you reading this, right now send up positive vibes, thoughts, prayers, whatever you want to call it, for the people fighting and their families. I know that for me, another close friend was put in the line of fire recently and he and his family will be heavy on my mind and heart tonight as I fight.
I just want to say thanks again to all of you. I have so many friends I want to name right now who have been in my corner all along, but the list would be far too long. Just know I love all of you and appreciate everything you’ve said and done for me. Tonight I am going to go out and give this fight my absolute all. I cannot wait to go out and compete again and put my hard training on display. This fight is for the loved ones lost to cancer, the loved ones fighting cancer and the loved ones who were lucky enough to get through cancer. Keep fighting the good fight and we will all always be here in your corner ready to do anything needed to get you through it.
One Love-
Brian aka “The Boxing Polar Bear”

PS. If you plan on coming to the fight tonight the address is 4000 Webster Avenue. Sadly, Xavier has their home opener tonight as well and as many of you know the Cintas Center is very close to the Punch House. My phone will be off starting at 4 so I apologize if you call me for help. I will say this, carpool, call a cab, pack a cooler and come early. There is a park called Lower Milcrest Park that has a few parking lots you can park in as well. Also there is street parking on Hopkins Ave. See you all tonight!
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We are exactly one week away from the "Big fight". I can't thank you enough for the support and words of encouragement I have received from so many. This entire fight and this fundraiser is so much more than dollars and punches. The driving motivating factor behind all this is awareness. To be so obnoxiously in your face about early detection that you can't help but think to remind loved ones to get checked. If I did not raise a single penny but helped remind someone to get checked and it saved them, then my true goal was reached. Please share my story because A. it's a fantastic read if I do say so myself and B. Early detection is real. 1 in 8 women are effected by. Breast cancer. That is staggering.

As for the fight, I have been busting my butt because I refuse to let anyone down. I've played in some huge football games, I've participated in competitive sports since the age of 6 and never have I been so nervous. It's a new experience and has been a fun ride thus far. Feel free to come out to The Punchhouse and watch my self along with everyone else, put our handwork on display. Thanks again for the support.

One love.

-The Boxing Polar Bear
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Well ladies and gentleman. Here is the end of the week update. At this point we have raised $5,241!!! I want to give a huge thank you to a ton of my parents friends. Some I know some I have never met who have stepped up big time. It's clearly a testament to 1. How amazing Holly Lane is, so many people willing to donate in her name and 2. How awesome and generous all of you are. Every donation, share and/or kind words from you all means so much!

We are a little less than a month out and needless to say the training has stepped up significantly. You all have made it so that I have no choice but to show up and give the best possible performance I am capable of. There is still so much time to share my family''s story. To me, awareness is just as big, if not bigger than dollars donated. Early detection is what kept my mother here...continue to have your loved ones get their annual check ups!

Let's keep this momentum going! Let's share this with as many people as possible. Let's get this story viral through the cincinnati circles! Hope you all have an amazing weekend!!

Ps. This was written on my cell phone in a Perkins in Cleveland. Don't judge any grammatical errors on me, it's the air in Cleveland causing the mistakes.
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So this is my last daily update...I will begin to cut it back to just weekly updates from here on out in order to not overwhelm your news feeds. I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you. these first few days have been nothing short of amazing. We are almost at $4,000!!!!! The calls, text and kind words from so many of you mean so much to me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it was going to take off like this. I wont lie I was a little nervous about putting my story, my true feelings out there like this but so many of you have made me feel so good about doing it. So again thank you all so much for every dollar and for every share. I just ask you all to please please please continue sharing this with coworkers, family and friends. Not necessarily for donations but just for the simple awareness. Early detection is what saved my mom. Early detection is everything in this battle. PLEASE share my story with as many people as possible!!!! Thank you all!

One Love,

Brian Lane
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Raised by 86 people in 44 months
Created October 3, 2014
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42 months ago
$50
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42 months ago
SG
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Sarah Gossett
42 months ago

Good Luck!

DI
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Danny Iannelli
42 months ago

Best of luck in both fights.

CA
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Chris Anders
42 months ago

You better kill this kid tonight

MK
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Matt Kurtz
42 months ago

KICK HIS ASS SEA BASS!!!!!

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42 months ago
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Kyle and Elizabeth Wood
42 months ago

Good luck this Friday, Brian! You're fighting for an awesome cause!

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