Hazen High School wrestlers to tackle pancreatic cancer Jan. 16

January 2, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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For the fifth straight year, the Hazen High School wrestlers will tackle more than their opponents.

They’ll do all that they can to tackle pancreatic cancer at a Jan. 16 meet and fundraiser.

Hazen’s event annually raises about $2,000 for pancreatic cancer research through bake sales, T-shirt sales and admission costs.

The fundraiser is inspired by Hazen coach Rory Magana’s father, Rodney, who died just eight months after he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in 2011.

“The diagnosis is a tough one,” Magana said. “The two-year survival rates are very low, and the five-year survival rates are even lower. Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal cancer diagnosis that there is, but not a lot of people have heard about it.”

This year’s event is at Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Jan. 16. Hazen, Liberty, Oak Harbor and Highline high school wrestling teams will all compete.

Instead of an entry fee, Magana encourages spectators to bring funds to donate to the cause. They’ll also sell T-shirts and host a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

“Over the last few years our wrestlers have been very excited to compete for such a worthy cause,” Magana said. “They love stepping up to raise awareness for such a good cause.”

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