Eastwood’s first annual Pin 2 Win event raised $1,600 for the American Cancer Society and the fight against prostate cancer.
The Eastwood wrestlers, along with their families and supporters, held the fundraising event in conjunction with the Clair Simpson Duals. Numerous prizes were raffled and the team sold Pin 2 Win t-shirts, bracelets, and lanyards.
According to Jody Eaton, who oversaw the project, the team exceeded its goal for the fundraiser and she hopes to continue the project in the future.
Since wrestling is a male-dominated sport, the wrestling team felt it was appropriate to focuso on prostate cancer for this special project. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.
The estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2010 is about 217,713 new cases will be diagnosed and about 32,050 men will die from prostate cancer. About one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer accounts for approximately 11 percent of cancer-related deaths in men.
“It’s amazing once we got started with this how many people you’re starting to find out are affected by it. On top of that, one out of 36 men will pass away from it, so you never realize how important this is,” said Vicki Welch, mother of Eastwood junior wrestler Jacob Welch. “We just want to get the word out there.”
There is also the fight that Eastwood parent Douglas Seifert has had with cancer. Doug and his wife Vicki were consumed by Doug’s struggle, but Doug is a survivor and parent and high school secretary Jody Eaton says Doug “looks wonderful today.” That put the idea into Eaton’s head.
Eaton said the event started as “Wrestling for a Cure” but they changed it to “Pin to Win,” or “Pin2Win” in its abbreviated form to sound more original.
“It’s wrestling related,” said Vicki Welch. “We also considered ‘takedown cancer’ because that’s wrestling.”
Eaton added, “And wrestling is to pin. You know, that means you have won your match. Pin cancer and win that battle. So far, our support for this has just been phenomenal, The administration at the school has been very supportive of the whole thing.”
The organizing committee is thanking Bob and Marcia Mazur for their help in canvassing the area for donations, Samantha Eaton for creating the bracelets sold, Rex and Mindy Russell from Big Daddy who created the t-shirt design and printed the t-shirts, and the wrestling mothers who donated time and money.
The organizers are thanking the following sponsors for donations:
Gold Medal Sponsors ($101 to $200) — Phil Donaldson, Joe Wyant, Janelle Kiss and Janelle’s Diner, and Seifert Builders.
Silver Medal Sponsors ($51 to $100) — Kuhlman & Beck Attorney at Law, the Toledo Mud Hens, the University of Toledo, Toledo Walleyes, Pemberville Pool, the McNutt family, Minuteman Car Wash, Doug and Vicki Seifert family, Lee and Vicki Welch family, Luckey Elementary School staff, the Schwind family, Owens Community College, and U.S. Army recruiters.
Bronze Medal Sponsors (up to $50) — Mike Godfrey, Brian and Nikki Sabo, The Medicine Shoppe, Frickers, Eisenhour Motor Sales, North Branch Nursery, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Deets BBQ, Paul Kenney Studio, Eastwood boys track team, Crosswinds Golf Course, Ryan Fry and Jen Glaze families, the Slater family, Nicci Speer, Patti Owens, and Panera Bread.
(Taken in part with permission from the Eastwood student publication, The Eagles, Eye, March 11 issue.)