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Downers Grove

Westmont boxing club to host breast cancer fundraiser for North High School grad

DOWNERS GROVE – Knockout Women's Boxing Club in Westmont will host its third annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser Oct. 18 and 19.

This year has a special mission as a Downers Grove North High School alumni, Lyndsie Blythe Thoele, who now resides in St. Charles, Miss., with her husband and two young children, has been recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer at the age of 31.

Knockout Women's Boxing Club has hosted a breast cancer fundraiser every October since it opened its doors in 2011.

This cause is very close to Knockout owner Jessica Storchs’ heart as she lost her grandmother five years ago to the disease. Learning that her high school classmate is battling cancer she is eager to help her win this fight, she said in a press release.

“This is our third year hosting our Breast Cancer Fundraiser, so we are calling it Round 3 for Lyndsie. I was so sad to hear that my former classmate is battling breast cancer," she said. "This disease affects so many women, it’s a cause Knockout Women’s Boxing Club really rallies behind. We are going to do all we can to show Lyndsie we are in her corner and fighting for her."

Storch and other friends also created the organization Care for Lyndsie to help raise funds and provide support. Care for Lyndsie will also be hosting a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Pinstripes in Oak Brook.

Knockout Women's Boxing Club’s “Knockout Breast Cancer: Round 3 For Lyndsie” will be hosted at their club and cost $20 per person with all proceeds going to Care for Lyndsie. The Co-Ed Boxing class is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, with an after party at Neutral Zone in Westmont, where a portion of the food and drink purchases will also be donated.

Along with the fundraising workouts, there will be an Open House Saturday, a fundraising raffle and a Boxing Demo where attendees can watch owner Jessica Storch and her Knockout staff show off some of their boxing skills.

Participants must pre-register to attend the boxing classes as space is limited. Visit or call 630-541-9988 to register. To donate directly, visit

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