‘Never Quit Fighting’ is the mantra for the resilient Gunnar
Earlier this year IT Fight Series introduced us to one of the toughest competitors we ever met. Little did we know at the time that this fierce competitor was Gunnar. The promotion presented Gunnar with his very own championship belt shown in the picture above.
We found out that he was diagnosed with desmoplastic small cell round tumors, or DSCRT cancer for short, at a young age. He was facing a long, strenuous road of chemotherapy, trips to the hospital, and time away from friends and family. He rose above the adversity and continues the fight to this day.
This Saturday he will return to the cage. No, he won’t be facing anyone. Instead, he will be handed a pair of scissors. With the help of Roy Hall of the Driven Foundation, IT Fight Series matchmaker Nichole Castillo is going to let Gunnar cut her hair.
Several years ago, Castillo lost her father to cancer and at that moment decided she wanted to help others facing cancer. She decided to grow her hair out. “I lost my father to his second cancer battle on 7/17/11,” Castillo told BluegrassMMA.com. “I was devastated. Especially seeing first hand what all cancer does to someone. It’s horrific.”
The plan was to eventually get it cut and donate it to a charity that provides wigs for those who lost their hair through cancer treatment. It took her about four years to grow her hair long enough for her to be able to donate.
“Giving back and helping someone in need experiencing what I watched him go through just seemed right,” stated Castillo.
That plan will come to fruition this weekend. Both Castillo and Gunnar will enter the cage during intermission at IT Fight Series 46, and he will have the opportunity to cut her hair. In addition to donating Castillo’s hair, the promotion will give its portion of the split the pot to Gunnar’s family.
If you’re in the Columbus area on Saturday night, stop out to Stars Indoor Sports to watch some great fights and help Gunnar continue his fight against cancer.
Photo courtesy of Katie Jay photography