Wrestling benefits toddler

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Chief Jackie Hill was one of the wrestlers who donated their time for a benefit wrestling for Blade Hurt who had a ring-side seat. Blade enjoyed visiting with Chief Hill and posing for the camera showing his "mean look." (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Blade Hurt, 2, had a ring-side seat at the Manila wrestling match-up held for his benefit on Saturday at the Manila Community Center.

Blade, son of Roy Jr. and Kristal Hurt of Manila, has been diagnosed with congenital hyperkeratosis. He started having problems when he was eight months old. There is no cure but his parents are looking for treatments to help him. They will be traveling to Kansas to see a team of doctors and they are hoping to be able to take Blade to the Mayo clinic in Minnesota.

Danny and Theresa Fleeman of Manila offered airplane rides Saturday afternoon with all proceeds going to the family.

"Several businesses including Danny and Theresa Fleeman, Exxon, Jr. Food, Gambles, and Harold's donated to the benefit," Mrs. Hurt said. "We want to thank Manila Mayor Clifford Veach and the City of Manila for the use of the Community Center, and Big Daddy LaFonce and all the wrestlers who donated their time. Chief Jackie Hill and Chris Day helped put the wrestling match together. We appreciate everyone who helped and everyone who attended to make this possible."

Bobby Turner, Jennifer Wilson and Doris Murray donated their time to work the concession stand during the wrestling event.

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