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Updated: 08/06/2014 09:42:12AM

Wrestlers band together to fight cancer

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SUN PHOTOS BY JUSTIN FENNELL

"Bad" Bob Cook (left) chokes Rawdog Robbie Idol during Saturday night's main event.

Wrestler Syther taunts the crowd during the first match of the night.

Zack Monster, Syther's tag-team partner, puts opponent Charlie Albanasi in a bind while wrestler American Superstar watches on.

A tired Zack Monster hangs on the ropes during his match.

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Donnie Abel jumps from the ropes onto opponent Ritchie Paradise at last year's Fighting for a Cure event in Venice. Both wrestlers are scheduled to take part in next week's Fighting for a Cure 2 event at the Venice Community Center.

Donnie Abel looks for help with Ritchie Paradise on the offense.

The crowd of 350 people were very entertained.

Chris Clow (center) looks to referee Brian Rubright for help while opponent James Morrison has him in a headlock at last year's event. A rematch could be in the works for next Saturday's event at the Venice Community Center.

Fans of wrestler "Big Country" show their support.

Wrestler Big Country Mark Boswell presents event organizer and league manager Joe Abel (Joe Cool) with a check to be donated to The American Cancer Society before his match.

Syther interacts with kids in the crowd.

Robbie Cook's match with Deacon Star spills into the audience during the battle royal.

An emotional Joe Abel hands the proceeds from the event to grateful representatives from the American Cancer Society at the event's end. This cause is very near and dear to Abel's heart as he has lost several family members to cancer. Abel's wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer as well.

American Cancer Society reps Linda Sauer, left, Jamie Seltzer and Linda Coble graciously accept the check Joe Cool presents them at last year's event. The first Fighting for a Cure event brought in $3,000 for the American Cancer Society -- a figure that event organizers hope will double with Fighting for a Cure 2 next Saturday.

By NATHAN COWAN

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Florida Pro Wrestling General Manager Joe “Joe Cool” Abel has had his life changed by cancer. Abel lost both his mother and father to the deadly disease, and now his wife has received a cancer diagnosis.

“I couldn’t sit back and do nothing but watch cancer take my family,” Abel said. “I knew I had to do something and we chose to raise money for the American Cancer Society.”

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