Brandt Butt founded CounterPunch Boxing Club in February 2016 to help people living with Parkinson’s live better. Brandt’s story is an inspiring tale of a young man overcoming loss and choosing to give back to his community.
A professional boxer throughout his teenage years and early twenties, Brandt had the opportunity to travel the world competing in the sport he loves. His boxing career was on the rise as he diligently trained for and anticipated representing Canada in the Olympics.
However, this was not to be. Sidelined by a career-ending shoulder injury and then the sudden loss of his father, Brandt found himself at loose ends. So much so that his mother, Sheri, was becoming increasingly worried about her son. Then she came across a news story by Lesley Stahl about a boxing program for people living with Parkinson’s.
This remarkable intersection of stories changed not only Brandt’s life but the lives of all he now touches. Although he knew no one with Parkinson’s disease he had an immediate passion to help those with the disease through his sport. Brandt and Sheri, a nurse practitioner, struck out on their own and started CounterPunch boxing for Parkinson’s. It is a truly inspiring and impressive story.
Six months into their new adventure Brandt and Sheri met Tim Hague Sr. winner of the inaugural season of The Amazing Race Canada and Parkinson’s Advocate who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 46. The chemistry, the ‘magic’, was clear from the outset; they had to work together.
Now under the umbrella of U-Turn Parkinson’s Brandt and Sheri continue to give leadership to a program that has grown into an affiliate of Rock Steady Boxing. Impacting dozens of lives on a daily basis, Brandt has grown from a young man despairing of a career-ending injury to a man on a mission to help others fight back against and ultimately U-Turn Parkinson’s!