Aside from my responsibilities as the CEO of the Michigan Wrestling Organization, I’m also a proud member of UAW Local 598 that represents the workers of the General Motors Flint Assembly plant. Much like we strive for in the MWO, the men and women of Flint Assembly have always rallied around our coworkers in their times of need. Whether it’s a school fundraiser drive for someone’s child or a collection to help a union brother or sister cover the funeral costs of a loved one, there has always been a sense of unity among the plant workers when times get tough for one of our own.
That is the reason why the Michigan Wrestling Organization is presenting a very special benefit show on Sunday, November 11 from the Richfield Road Church in Flint. Proceeds from the show will help Kelly Chase, a local woman and mother of young kids, who is in the fight of her life battling brain cancer. Kelly is not only a union sister with Local 598, but she is also a friend.
I first met Kelly late last year while we worked together on the Old Newsboys fundraising campaign at Flint Assembly. We were among a select few employees to be picked to help raise money for the Flint-area charity. During that campaign, she had told me that she had taken her kids to WrestleRama 23 at the Union Hall in April 2017 and how much they enjoyed the show. It wasn’t long after the campaign had ended that it was discovered that Kelly had brain cancer. As she underwent treatment, she was unable to work and provide for her family. Just recently, Kelly was able to return to Flint Assembly, but her fight is far from over as is her need for support for her family.
A friend of mine designed a special t-shirt to honor Kelly and her fight, which proved to be a profitable endeavor to help raise money for Kelly and her family. But with a growing number of bills and other expenses, the MWO is jumping on board to help this brave woman. Thanks to our friends at the Richfield Road Church, we have set the stage for what should be one of the most emotionally-charged events in some time for the Michigan Wrestling Organization. For me personally, this is a very important event. Not just for the MWO but more so for Kelly Chase. We hope you can join us on November 11 for this very special afternoon of family-friendly sports-entertainment action.