BJJ – The Community That Cares

Hey, I received this amazing comment from  bjjJunkie, and I just had to share.
Submitted on 2011/06/21 at 11:42

Just wanted to let you know that Leticia Ribeiro is coming to Jacksonville, NC this weekend. She will be doing a seminar at Combat Club Martial Arts and Fitness 24th-26th of June. All are welcome to attend. It is co-ed. This is her first time in NC. We have rooms at Extended Stay America reserved for any out-of-towners that want to attend. Reservation is under COMBAT CLUB and they are pet friendly. Privates and semi- privates are available! Please check out the flyer on her webpage or ours! We will also be doing a raffle benefiting kids undergoing chemo (in the cage 4 kids) on the 25th.

Here’s what IN THE CAGE 4KIDS is about:

Chico Santiago has been a member of our nation’s Navy for 23 years including several tours in the Middle East. On July of 2004 Chico got the terrible news his 4 year old son, Diego Santiago, had a condition called Wilms tumor, a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Also known as nephroblastoma, it’s the most common malignant tumor of the kidneys in children. The peak time of Wilms’ tumor occurrence is at age 3 and it occurs only rarely after age 8.

Initially the family was told that with mild chemo and radiation treatments Diego would be okay, but by November of 2004 the treatments were not working and the family was told Diego only had 6 months to live. Chico was devastated. They tried hard to find Diego some experimental treatment, but nothing seemed to work. After 7 hospitals, 22 doctors, $956,000 in medical bills and many, many chemo and radiation treatments, nothing could stop Diego’s cancer. They then concentrated their efforts on giving Diego his last wishes.

His wish was to be a Navy Chief Petty Officer, like his father. The US Navy, with permission from Congress, allowed Diego Santiago to be in the history books as the youngest Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. His ceremony was a large event. His dream had come true.

On August 2, 2006, five days after his 6th birthday. Diego Enrique Santiago passed away at home in his parents arms. After a long 3 1/2 years of missing his son and a long deployment to Iraq, Chico decided to do something about this terrible illness and started In The Cage 4 Cancer, in 2009, a non-profit organization aimed at raising awareness and contributions to fight cancer. To broaden the reach of the children touched by the MMA community, in 2010, In The Cage 4 Kids was established with a focused effort to help all sick or disabled children regardless of the causing factor.

it’s $60 for one seminar and $100 for she is teaching class on friday night! this will be my first time learning from a female BJJ black belt, not to mention she is now a 6 time world champ! come show her some love and still hit the beach afterwards!

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3 Responses to BJJ – The Community That Cares

  1. Allie says:

    Awww! If I lived close, I would be there.

  2. bjjJunkie says:

    Just an update. Shoyoroll is running an charity donation competition on Facebook. The charity listed with the most likes gets the proceeds of whatever they auction one of their gis for. Please get on FB and vote for my In The Cage 4 Kids! This would be a big help in being able to make some wishes come true for these kids…Thanks for the love!

    Suay Alaziz

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