New York, NY (November 11, 2013) – On Sunday, November 17, Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson, junior middleweight boxer and charitable figure, will be knighted by St. John of Jerusalem.
The Order of St. John is one of the greatest treasures of Christendom and is one of the world’s oldest, continuing knightly institutions. The Order is the world’s oldest humanitarian organization nominating members of society into Knighthood because of their commitment towards helping improve our world’s humanity through their chosen humanitarian acts. The development and expansion of the Order has influenced the course of world history and bridged the disparate cultures of the Christian East and West. The Order began in the eleventh century as a local charitable institution, a hospital, in Jerusalem. Founded by a group of pious men, led by Brother Gerald the Blessed, it rapidly gained world fame for spiritual and temporal care of pilgrims traveling to and in the Holy Land. In time, the Order also protected them. This is the reason it developed its military arm, which soon transformed this devout group into a great military-religious brotherhood.
A 2003 West Point grad who is an active Army Reserve officer, the 32-year-old is one of the most recognizable faces in the New York boxing scene. Melson, who’s donated every penny from all 14 of his fight purses, 13 to a specific clinical trial aimed at curing Chronic Spinal Cord Injuries and one to a friend with a son that had cancer, gained notoriety throughout the boxing community as he’s been featured on ESPN, HBO, Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and various other outlets. A 2008 Olympic alternate selection Melson holds an excellent 12-1-1 professional record with 4 wins by knockout. In 2011, Melson and best friend Christan Zaccagnino started Team Fight to Walk in effort to financially support and publicize America’s first clinical trial using the transplantation of Umbilical Cord Cells.
Current results gathered from data acquired in China, where the study has already taken place, is extraordinarily promising. They show that if the necessary funds are raised allowing for these clinical trials to be conducted here in the United States, with a target time frame of summer of 2014, then the United States, with great probability, could host human history’s first cure for Chronic Spinal Cord Injuries.
Since the launching of Team Fight to Walk, Melson and Zaccagnino raised more than $230,000 and hosted their first charity gala May 16 at BB King Blues Club in New York City. Team Fight to Walk has begun planning for their second annual “FIGHTING FOR THE CURE” Gala which will take place May 8th of 2014. For the trial to take place, a total of $5 million dollars to treat 40 patients needs to be raised; $0 of which are being funded by the federal government or private industry.
“This is one of the ultimate honors of my lifetime,” Melson said of the knighthood. “I’ve never been a part of anything like this, and the fact that I’ve been selected to be a member of something that’s had such an impact in history is incredible.”
The ceremony takes place at The Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, located at 59 East 2nd St in New York, NY.
Melson’s next bout takes place December 4 at BB King Blues Club in New York City and tickets are available on Teamfighttowak.com