Dedham resident Debra Willard will be stepping into the boxing ring for a fundraiser known as “Belles of The Brawl,” an all-women boxing event for the charity, Haymakers for Hope on Oct. 9.

Haymakers for Hope was the brainchild of Dedham native and Gold Gloves Champion Julie Anne Kelly, and her co-founder, Andrew Myerson. Proceeds from the event go to Dana-Farber and other local cancer charities.

Willard is doing four months of training in preparation for her fight at the House of Blues in Boston. She is training seven days a week, sometimes twice or three times a day, while working as a resident engineer for the MBTA and being a mom to her boys, Parker, 10, and Piers, 4.

“It’s physically difficult but rewarding,” said Willard.

She’s fighting in memory of her father-in-law, Michael Cuccia; her mother-law, Judy Cuccia; and for Carl Cuccia. She’s also fighting in honor of her father-in-law, Parker Willard Sr., a life-long Dedham resident, who has been battling cancer for the last two years.

Dedham is well represented at Haymakers For Hope and Belles of the Brawl. Willard is being trained by Dedham resident Jessica Smith of Boxsmith Gym in West Roxbury. She is also training alongside Dedham native Kristin Menconi. Willard’s husband, Parker Willard Jr., is a Haymakers for Hope alumnus, fighting in May 2018.

While she trains and balances her work and personal life, she must also raise funds toward her fundraising goal of $7,500. She has been petitioning friends, family and local businesses for donations and sponsorships. She also has a small charity event in the works before the big fight.

“Haymakers is a one and done event. You don’t get to do it twice and I want to help any way I can, the best way I can,” said Willard.

For information, visit https://bit.ly/HaymakersHope.