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