DELPHOS — The American Cancer Society estimates there will be approximately 8,500 new cases and 410 deaths from testicular cancer in the United States this year.

Delphos native Jay Holdgreve became part of the statistics in August 2010 and since has increased awareness and raised funds to find a cure.

“I wanted to do something so other guys would be aware of what to watch out for and raise some money for research to find a cure,” Holdgreve said. “When I talked to my doctor at the James Cancer Center he told me ‘nobody gives to male cancers’.”

Holdgreve would prove him wrong with his “Bowling for the Boyz” events.

“Each year exceeds all my expectations. Attendance is at least the same if not more each year and we’ve been able to raise about $8,500 at each event,” Holdgreve said.

The seventh annual “Bowling for the Boyz” will take place March 25 at the Delphos Recreational Center, 939 East 5th Street. The event is open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m.; there is no entrance fee.

Bowling cost $10 per person and includes two games, shoe rental and two fountain drink tickets. The evening features: live and silent auction, 50/50, raffles and door prizes.

This year, the Bowling for the Boyz Strike sponsors are the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio and Chemtrade Logistics. Lane sponsors include: Westrich Furniture, Unverferth Manufacturing, Sonit Systems, Mueller Lawn Care, Gary Holdgreve Auctioneer Service, Tails Remembered, Van Wert County Hospital, Denny and Rene Jones, Husky Energy, OrthoNeuro and Superior Credit Union.

Event details as well as the list of auction and raffle items can be found on tcare.org.

All proceeds benefit the Jay Holdgreve Endowment for Testicular Cancer Research at The James Cancer Hospital. The Endowment was established in December of 2010 and currently totals $83,229, with over $50,000 being raised through Bowling for the Boyz.

“The support and generosity of Delphos area businesses and the community has been overwhelming and has been the key part to the event’s success. Everyone who has sponsored, donated, marketed or attended the event has helped make a difference in the fight against testicular cancer, the number one diagnosed disease for males age 15-34,” Holdgreve said.

Holdgreve wants other men to know that if they feel something doesn’t seem right, go see a doctor.

“Don’t be a tough guy. It’s not only about you. We all have families. We’re sons and brothers and husbands and uncles,” he said. “Don’t be stubborn; see a doctor.”

For more information about the Jay Holdgreve Endowment for Testicular Cancer Research and his story, visit tcare.org.