Local family to benefit from Wrestle For A Cause event

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Curt and Jane (Stewart) Cavanaugh addressed the crowd at the first "Wrestling For a Cause" triangular, in 2018, which helped raise funds for "Jake Can" the Jake Cavanaugh Foundation. The 2020 edition of the event is set for Jan. 23, with monies raised helping the Jacobson family of Perry.


The Perry wrestling team will compete on their home mats for the final time this season Jan. 23 when the Bluejays host Carlisle and Coon Rapids-Bayard. The triangular will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The event will also serve as the third annual Wrestle For A Cause event. The first such event raised over $5,000 for the Jake Cavanaugh Foundation, with the money donated to a family in Coon Rapids. Last winter the Jays raised $4,000 for Make-A-Wish Iowa.

This year the event will again raise money for the Jake Cavanaugh Foundation, with the recipients the Jacobson family, who are involved with Perry wrestling.

Leonard Jacobson is a junior wrestler for the Jays. His family has been recently affected by cancer, with three members fighting the battle.

Lisa Jacobson, Leonard’s grandmother, was diagnosed in July with cancer of the uterus. Emma Jacobson, great-granddaughter of Lisa, received a diagnosis of Leukemia in October. In addition, Roger, Leonard’s uncle (and childhood brother) was diagnosed with a brain tumor in September after graduation with the class of 2019 in May. Funds raised in conjunction with the event will be used to pay medical bills and prescription costs associated with Roger’s treatment.

As part of the fundraising effort, the Perry wrestling team is asking local business or individual/family sponsors for each of the 14 weight classes. The minimum donation to sponsor a weight is $50, and those doing so will be listed in the program for the event. Donations of any amount are, of course, welcome.

Checks can be made payable to the Jake Cavanaugh Foundation and can be given to Perry varsity head coach Mark Weber, Danene Stewart, or mailed to the Perry Booster Club, PO Box 325, Perry, Iowa 50220. Questions can be directed to Danene Stewart at 515-490-7579.

Your check can be made out to The Jake Cavanaugh Foundation, and can be given to Danene Stewart, Mark Weber, or mailed to Perry Booster Club, PO Box 325, Perry, Iowa 50220. Questions can be directed to Danene Stewart at 515-490-7579.

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