Wrestling Tournament Will Benefit Kids Fighting Cancer

Wrestling Tournament Will Benefit Kids Fighting Cancer


A CHILD IS USING SPORTS AND TEAM EFFORT TO RAISE AWARENESS. HERE IS MORE. Reporter: CHASE RYAN OLSON LEFT A LASTING MARK, SO MUCH SO HIS COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER WITH A FUND RAISER THROUGH A WRESTLING MEET. IT’S EXCITING AND ALSO BITTER SWEET KNOWING THAT CHASE SHOULD BE WALKING THROUGH THE HALLS RIGHT NOW. Reporter: MAUREEN’S SON CHASE WOULD HAVE BEEN A JUNIOR AT JACKSON MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL BUT SEVEN YEARS AGO WHEN HE WAS NINE, HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE FORM OF ABDOMINAL CANCER. FOUR MONTHS LATER HE TOOK HIS LAST BREATH. CHASE WAS AN ATHLETE. IT’S EASY TO IMAGINE HIM WRESTLING FOR THE JAGUARS. HE WAS ALWAYS HAPPY, ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR EVERYBODY ELSE, VERY INTERACTIVE. YOU DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS ACTUALLY SICK. I GOT VERY CHOKED UP JUST BEFORE LISTENING TO YOU SPEAK. HE DEFINITELY NAILED CHASE’S PERSONALITY TO A T, VERY HAPPY AND SMILING ALL THE TIME. Reporter: SATURDAY THE SCHOOL WILL HOLD A SPECIAL FOUR TEAM WRESTLING MEET WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO THE CHASE RYAN OLSON FOUNDATION SET UP TO HELP OTHER FAMILIES OF CHILDREN FIGHTING CANCER. WE CAN STILL DO SOMETHING GOOD TO CONTINUE TO KEEP CHASE’S MEMORY ALIVE AND TO BE ABLE TO HELP OTHER FAMILIES. Reporter: THIS WILL NOT BE A CURE BUT IT MIGHT ADD RELIEF, RAISE AWARENESS, HELP TO EDUCATE. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL HELP THEM REALIZE THERE IS SOMETHING BIGGER THAN JUST THEM. AND ANYTHING IN LIFE, WHETHER A SPORT OR HOBBY, YOU CAN USE THAT TO IMPACT SOMETHING IN A POSITIVE WAY. THINGS LIKE THIS THAT HAPPEN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN WHO YOU BECOME. YOU START TO APPRECIATE THE TIME THAT YOU HAVE HERE, THE FRIENDS, THE FAMILY. Reporter: IN THIS COMMUNITY, FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE THE SAME.

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