$2,400 raised in wrestling event for girl battling cancer

$2,400 raised in wrestling event for girl battling cancer


6 News Reporter

POWELL (WATE) - This has been a big week for Averi Ramsey, an 8-year-old girl in remission after a battle with leukemia.

Earlier this week, Averi was drafted by the Lady Vols softball team and Saturday night, friends hosted a benefit wrestling match to help raise money for her medical bills.

"Averi is very precious to us, very precious to my family, great friends and what makes it even better is we want to spread childhood cancer awareness for Averi. Children, they can be that voice. And we can be that voice for them," said family friend and event organizer DeWayne Irick.

Two high school students were instrumental in putting the benefit wrestling match together.

"Got that idea, started looking around, went to buildings, tried to find buildings for it. Well, the boys and girls club, they helped us our real good. They came in here, gave us a building and it's just become bigger and bigger," said high school junior Tanner Hill.

"I heard the story about Averi Ramsey and it really touched my heart and it's just something I've always been proud of, to say I'm a part of is Team Averi, and it just touched my heart ever since," explained high school junior Austin Irby.

Averi's parents are grateful for the benefit's turnout, and say it means even more because they're raising awareness, too.

"The outpouring of the community and the people behind this, how they've just really really worked hard to get the message out about childhood cancer," said Averi's father Allen Ramsey.

Organizers also sold T-shirts and collected donations throughout the event in addition to selling tickets.

In total, they raised $2,400.

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