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Bringing Together Boxing and Donuts: 2 North Vancouver Businesses Launch a Partnership for Cancer Awareness Month

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North Vancouver, BC: On Thursday, April 27th, Cream Pony Donuts will launch the [limited edition] BoxFit Pink donut, a new collaborative venture with North Vancouver institution, Griffins Boxing. Named after the Griffins class series which offers boxing instruction to breast cancer survivors, the donut is a creative initiative for Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness and funds. 

BoxFit Pink has been a long-standing staple offering of Griffins Boxing, which also holds the title of the largest boxing gym in Canada. Regular BoxFit Pink attendees include many gym members who also compete with the North Shore Dragon Busters. The North Shore Dragon Busters (NSDB) team was formed in 2008, becoming the only community-based breast cancer survivor dragon boat team representing Vancouver’s North Shore. They recently placed 1st [Canadian Team], 2nd place [North American Team], and 10th [out of all 81] teams at the International Breast Cancer Survivor Regatta in New Zealand. 

“Many of our close friends and family have battled breast cancer, so we do this in honor of them and their courageous fight,” explains Alix Finn, one half of the mother-daughter duo [with Erin Smith] who co-founded and operate Cream Pony. “Supporting women in our community is very important to us.”

Breast cancer awareness has been a long-standing community focus of the gym, for an innately personal reason. “At age 7, my mom got diagnosed with breast cancer, and that would be the first of 5 times for her,” explains Dave Brett, founder, owner and Head Coach at Griffins Boxing gym. ” Back then, cancer was an individual disease; one tackled alone, while your kids played outside.  Fast forward to opening Griffins, to having a survivor for a mom, who battled this deadly bully. When I opened Griffins, I wanted to support the survivors of breast cancer. I wanted to provide a safe and welcoming place for survivors to grow strong, to grow healthy, to grow confident.  Dragon Boating has had big success in recovery after surgery, so I figured Boxing would fit right in!  Welcome Boxfit Pink, a Breast Cancer Survivor specific class.”

The Griffins BoxFit Pink donut will be available at Cream Pony from Thursday April 27, to Sunday, April 30. Partial proceeds from all sales will be donated to the North Shore Dragon Busters. 

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