Nicky Loring, 25, is a registered nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA and a women's boxer. She will be fighting in the Belles of the Brawl charity boxing event on October 2nd, 2014 for Haymaker's for Hope. The mission of the event is to knockout cancer, by literally fighting for a cure. All proceeds from the event benefit Dana Farber, and The Jimmy Fund. I sat down with Nicky to talk to her about her career as a nurse, and how she got her start in boxing.
Molly Flynn: You’re a nurse at Beth Israel, one of the best hospitals in the world. What motivated you to become a nurse?
Nicky Loring: Growing up both of my parents worked in healthcare, so I was definitely predisposed to the industry. Aside from that I always took a liking to math and science. Above all, I cared about helping people. A close family friend of mine lost both of his parents to cancer when he was in high school. I couldn't understand why life could be that unfair. I wanted to do something to help those in need. Nursing was a way for me to help.
M: What has been your most memorable experience as a nurse thus far?
N: One of my most memorable experiences is not your typical nurse's experience. I recently had a handicapped patient with bilateral lower limb amputations. We worked together all day to get him discharged, and once he was he needed help to his car. I took him in a wheelchair to get his car in the garage. The car was parked too close to another and he was unable to get into his vehicle. I had to climb into the car to back it out. The catch was that his car was modified for him and was fully equipped with hand controls. My patient was yelling instructions at me from outside. It was quite the scene. Sometimes as a nurse, you have to go out of your comfort zone in unexpected ways to help out your patients.
M: When you’re not saving lives you’re boxing. Women’s boxing is not the most popular sport. How did you get started as a boxer?
N: I was an athlete in college, but after graduating I struggled to stay in shape. I found boxing classes to be fun and a great workout that I could stick with. It became quite addictive and I wanted to learn more. I started to spar and now I'm training for my first real boxing match. Boxing makes me feel strong mentally and physically. I think every woman should try it.
M: You’re competing in the charity boxing event, Belles of the Brawl, on October 2nd for Haymakers for Hope. What is the purpose of this event?
N: Haymakers for Hope is a charity that raises awareness and money to fight cancer. All proceeds go toward Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund. We're trying to "knock-out" cancer in more ways than one.
M: Why is competing in Belles of the Brawl important to you?
N: Training for this fight is definitely the hardest thing I've ever done. I work out 5 days a week. Some days I'm in the gym for a total of 4 hours. By the end of my workout, I'm exhausted - physically and emotionally. The thing is, I get to go home every night and recover. Throughout my training, I've thought about the patients I've cared for who are fighting cancer and don't have the luxury of going home after a tough day. I'm fighting for everyone out there who are fighting for their lives.
M: You’re clearly not afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, what advice would you give to young professionals just getting started in their careers?
N: I think it's very important to have goals and set a timeline. Have a list of things you'd like to accomplish and don't waste any time on working toward your goals. Time flies so it's best to do things today rather than tomorrow.
Nicky's goal is to raise $4,000 for the Belles of the Brawl event that she is fighting in on October 2nd, but there is no reason why she shouldn't exceed that goal. If you wish to attend the fight, or donate to the cause you can do so here: https://www.crowdrise.com/nickyloringh4hbelles2014/fundraiser/haymakersforhope