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Wrestling-themed benefit set for Akron boy battling Leukemia

A professional wrestling-themed benefit will be held Saturday for a 12-year-old Akron boy battling Leukemia for the second time since 2011.

The boy, Lucas Lowe, was first diagnosed with childhood Leukemia at age 7, in February 2011. After battling the disease for three years, the cancer appeared to be in remission, said benefit organizer Steven Tedesco.

The cancer returned a few days before Lucas’s 12th birthday, and is much stronger.

A bone marrow match has been found for a transplant for Lucas, Tedesco said, but the cancer has to be in remission before that can happen.

“He is currently back on chemo working towards this goal,” he said. “Over the next few months he will be making his way down to New York’s Sloan Memorial Hospital for T-cell treatment on multiple occasions. His first trip was Sept. 22.”

Tedesco has been involved in numerous benefits in the area, after starting a company with his wife and a friend called SGW in 2011 to help families in significant need of help. He wanted to do something different for Lucas, and after asking Lucas’s mother, Maureen Warren, what he enjoyed, came up with the wrestling theme.

“We didn’t just want to use the same old template that’s been used a thousand times before,” he said. “We wanted him to know that this was for him and we were rallying behind him with a thoughtful process.”

The benefit will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Akron Free Methodist Church, 6 Scotland Road, Akron. Along with basket raffles and 50/50 drawings, a barbecue will be held, and several guest speakers will be in attendance.

“We have a few surprises in store for Lucas at the benefit,” Tedesco said.

The community has rallied behind Lucas, Tedesco said. On Thursday, Village Mayor Carl E. Patterson announced that Saturday would be “Lucas Lowe Day” in the village.

“The outpouring of Akronites that want to help is amazing,” Tedesco said. “The whole town has pretty much been painted gold for Lucas.”