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Local mixed martial artists step into the cage To combat disease and raise awareness

Local mixed martial artists step into the cage

To combat disease and raise awareness

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Modesto, CA – The more than 2.3 million people who suffer from multiple sclerosis have some new allies in the fight for a cure.  Cagebound Fighting Championship, a Modesto-based business, has partnered with Fight For A Cure for MS to raise funds for research and to promote awareness at the Cagebound Fighting Championship Amateur MMA show on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The doors open at 4 p.m. and the fights start at 6 p.m. The fights are being held at the Modesto Centre Plaza, located at 1150 9th Street in Modesto.

“The world of mixed martial arts has given me so much, I felt that it was time to give some back,” said Stan Redick, owner of Cagebound Fighting Championship.  “When we were approached about partnering to raise funds and help inform people of the challenges of living with this disease, we knew it was the right thing to do,” Redick said.  Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, degenerative neurological disease whose symptoms are wide and varied. There is no known cure available for sufferers of multiple sclerosis. Current treatments slow the progression of the disease or address symptoms, but further research is needed to develop treatments that repair the damage or actually cure the disease.

In the United States, thousands of new cases will be diagnosed this year alone, and many will go undiagnosed because of the similarities in symptoms with other neurological disorders. Costs of medication alone can range from $30k – $54k per year and there are many other expenses related to living with this disease. Yvette Brisco, who created the Fight For A Cure for MS strategy, said, “I’m passionate about mixed martial arts, and I’m passionate about finding a cure for this disease, so what better way to marry my two passions than by working with local fighters and promotions to do something great for the MS community?” Brisco was diagnosed with MS in 2014 and began the FFAC shows in 2015.

Attendees will be able to make donations and drawing prizes will be available, with proceeds going to the Fight For A Cure. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

If you would like more information, please call Yvette Brisco at 209.600.3355 or email Yvette at FightForACureForMS@google.com.

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