Daniel Jacobs founded Get In The Ring Foundation in 2013. While recovering in 2011-2012 from osteosarcoma, he started to focus on his life beyond boxing and considering his debt to the cancer community. Daniel formed the Get In The Ring Foundation to help children with their cancer struggles and other life issues he personally dealt with as a child. Our desire is for the world to see our efforts and join in as we make a difference and the lives of children.

The Mission of Get In The Ring Foundation is to help those families by providing early prevention knowledge to decrease childhood cancer occurrences, to provide better health and nutrition for children, turning our children today into leaders of tomorrow. Our desire is for the world to see our efforts and join in as we make a difference in the lives of children.

Our purpose is set forth as such:

Caring For the Families of Children – We seek to ensure families who come to us are not alone when a child has been diagnosed with cancer, which is why we continue to build relationships as a pledge of hope and relief during such a difficult time in their lives whether financially or emotionally.

Knockout Childhood Cancer – We believe the best methods to decrease childhood cancer occurrences are through providing educational forum for early prevention, health and nutrition, and relationships in the medical community.

Knockout Childhood Obesity – The problem of obesity among our children must be controlled with great care and healthy daily food options. We seek to provide children with the knowledge of eating healthy and opportunities to make lifestyle changes for their entire family.

The vision of Get In The Ring Foundation is to acknowledge the needs of children around us in the areas of cancer, obesity, and bullying; to ensure we become the solution for their problem. As part of this vision, the Get In The Ring Foundation partnered with medical leaders and local businesses to help educate people in these specific areas and erase the stigma that’s often attached to cancer, obesity, and bullying.


History and Future of GIR

Get In The Ring Foundation was established as a means to help children with the exact adversities Daniel Jacobs experienced as a child and most recently as an adult, cancer. Because of Jacobs’ being a Pro Boxer, Get In The Ring Foundation has been able to capitalize in community involvement. The activities of Get In The Ring Foundation are conducted in the states of Texas and New York. However, because Daniel Jacobs' career takes him across the United States of America, at times we will conduct events for children in the actual city where Daniel is boxing. Events will include, but are not limited to, children’s hospital visits and fundraisers benefiting children organizations in our areas of purpose.

During Get In The Ring’s first year of existence, Get In The Ring Foundation collaborated with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation by raising funds for their cancer research development. In August 2013, Get In The Ring Foundation put on an awareness event and was featured at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square, New York, New York on a live broadcast Monday night fight. The same year in October, Get In The Ring Foundation was able to make a very special young woman dreams come true in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Get In The Ring was featured in the local media to help raise funds and bring people in to fight for the cause of osteosarcoma. Since then GIR has visited numerous of children at hospitals, schools and summer camps and attended events to raise awareness for childhood cancer, obesity and bullying.

Presently, Get In The Ring Foundation is working on a bullying campaign to be adopted by schools in Brooklyn, New York and across the country. We have also started a “We Fight For You” campaign with Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York, New York where they allow GIR to host parties in one of the playrooms for children and families who are able to attend. These parties allow the children to have a few moments of fun, peace and no worries, as they become their very own superheroes that rise above their problems.

Major activities occur 3-5 times a year while smaller activities such as hospital visits and speaking engagements occur 5-8 times a year. From the start of Get In The Ring Foundation, the goal was to always provide free services to children and their families. To further show our belief in helping children and their families, all monetary-specified donations are put back into the foundation as support for all activities. In the words of Jacobs, “Our desire is for the world to see our efforts and join in as we make a difference in the lives of children.”

Two-fold Impact

Childhood Cancer

Daniel was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma cancer, which is a “cancerous (malignant) bone tumor that usually develops during the period of rapid growth that occurs in adolescence, as a teenager matures into an adult. Osteosarcoma is the most common cancerous (malignant) bone tumor in kids. Surgery for this type of cancer includes both the biopsy to confirm the cancer and the surgery to take out the tumor(s). The average age at diagnosis is 15. Boys and girls are just as likely to get this tumor until the late teen years, when it is more often seen in boys.” (American Cancer Society) Because Daniel was not diagnosed until the age of 24, Get In The Ring Foundation seeks to help parents discover the signs of cancer in their children at an early age by connecting them to medical leaders and new era technology for early detection.

Childhood Obesity

Obesity in children today is growing rapidly and turning obese children into obese adults. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry states ”If one parent is obese, there are a 50 percent chance that their children will also be obese. Obesity in childhood and adolescence can be related to:

  • poor eating habits
  • overeating or binging
  • lack of exercise
  • family history of obesity
  • medical illnesses
  • medications
  • stressful life events or changes
  • family and peer problems
  • low self-esteem
  • depression or other emotional problems.”

Get In the Ring Foundation seeks to provide children with a better health and nutrition plan to allow them the opportunity to be healthy adults. Daniel travels worldwide speaking about the effect of having great health and nutrition forrecovery after surgery and preventative care. Get In The Ring Foundation will provide health and nutrition consulting services for those children recovering from cancer surgeries and poor nutrition with a certified team of doctors, nutritionists, and personal trainers.


The GIR Team

Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs, Founder / CEO

danieljacobs@getinthering.org

Affectionately known as “Daniel” by his family and fans Daniel Jacobs is by far one of the most talented athletes to come out of the state of New York. Daniel was born and raised in the rough neighborhood of Brownsville where he displayed early on his great personality, nice smile, and concern for others. He knew he wanted to be famous because he loves entertaining others but little did he know how he would become a household name. The story he tells is one of being picked on and defending himself as a child. Daniel recalls one day in particular being beat up by a peer and one day while walking home he saw the peer in the boxing gym and thought this would be his opportunity to return the beat up! Daniel would find solace in boxing and go on to create history.

While seemingly at the top of his game, Daniel was forced out the ring when he discovered disconcerting issues with his body. After just finishing training and a knockout fight in Los Angeles with Freddie Roach, the best trainer there is in boxing; Daniel flew to Iraq to do a USO Tour for the Troops with Oscar De Loya and other boxers. During that time in Iraq, he was hospitalized for what he thought was food poisoning. Once back home in New York City Daniel began to lose the ability to walk, it was two weeks later and he was due to be back in training Los Angeles when he completely went paralyzed, only able to crawl. After extensive testing, the doctors found a tumor on Daniel’s spine that was beginning to wrap around his rib cage. In May 2011, Daniel was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a life-threatening form of bone cancer, Doctors say that Daniel was only hours away from being dead due to the rapid growth of the tumor. However, Daniel fought his way back to become the first cancer survivor to win a world boxing title.Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs returned to the ring on October 20, 2012 in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York at the much-anticipated Barclays Center. Needless to say, the champ was back with a knockout performance!

Daniel’s complete recovery from cancer seemed miraculous, but actually returning to boxing felt unfathomable although he knew one day he would be in the ring again. Having the title of Middleweight World Champion is great but the greatest achievement Daniel has is son, Nathaniel. Nathaniel is the pride and joy of Daniel’s life and Daniel believes that family has brought him through the roughest times of his life. Now known as the “Miracle Man,” this new perspective allowed him to think beyond boxing and focus on his debt to the cancer community. He formed the Get In The Ring foundation within months of his diagnosis to help children and their families with their cancer struggles and other life issues.

What superhero would you like to be in life?
Superman, because I could fly and be free in the air. Describe your idea of fun. Doing any activity with love ones, sharing smiles and happiness!

What is impossible to give up?
Giving up on my dreams! What is at the top of your bucket list? Skydiving

What do you love about #GIR?
I love the fact that I have been given the opportunity to help kids, families, and the community who were in the same situation I was in when I was affected by the same disease. I love the giving back feeling and I have realized in this journey of life it is better to give than to receive so in GIR, I can give hope to those who struggle and I can uplift victims. Bringing the community together and allowing them to do different activities to understand cancer, obesity, and bullying allows them to ultimately have a better life.

Kathryn Brown, Foundation Director

kathrynbrown@getinthering.org

Brought up in Dallas, Texas, Kathryn saw an enormous amount of opportunities to pursue her passion for helping people through difficult situations. Kathryn holds a MBA in Project Management and years of experience in the nonprofit sector working with different nonprofit organizations as a project manger. She believes that her determination has landed her at this stage in her life – to serve humanity.

What superhero would you like to be in life?
Superwoman!

Describe your idea of fun.
Hanging out with family, friends, enjoying good food and laughs!

What is impossible to give up?
Chocolate, all types in all forms! What is at the top of your bucket list? To take a trip around the world and to experience world peace!

What do you love about #GIR?
What I love about #GIR is that we established this organization to be hands on in order to actually make a difference in the lives of the children and their families. Being personal is what the world is missing and I feel we are able to build lasting one-on-one relationships with children and their families.

Amber Camper, Event Planner

events@getinthering.org

Amber Camper is no stranger to events! Her passion for making others dreams come to life has led her to a fun-successful business among Dallas’ event planners. Amber brings 5+ years of personal experience, an educational background in Business Management and compassion for helping the community.

What superhero would you like to be in life?
Wonder Woman

Describe your idea of fun.
Doing any activity with love ones, sharing smiles and happiness!

What is impossible to give up?
Starbucks or Smoothie King

What is at the top of your bucket list?
Traveling to Brazil to see The Christ Redeemer statute and participating in Carnival!

What do you love about #GIR?
I love that I am able to plan events that bring awareness to three major causes that affect our communities on a daily basis!

Daniel with friends