SOURCE: Go4theGoal


September 12, 2014 10:24 ET

Professional Wrestler Zach Gowen Goes Gold 4 Pediatric Cancer Awareness

CHERRY HILL, NJ--(Marketwired - September 12, 2014) - Zach Gowen, the world's only one-legged professional wrestler, will be supporting Go4theGoal Foundation during his matches in September, which is pediatric cancer awareness month. He will be wearing special gold gear in his matches, including custom-made shorts with the Go4theGoal emblem on them.

"I'm beyond excited to partner with Go4theGoal in bringing hope for kids who have cancer as well as their families," Gowen said. "It's a family disease and it takes a community to bring relief."

Pediatric cancer is a cause close to Gowen's heart; as a child, he was diagnosed with a bone cancer called Osteogenic Sarcoma. He had his left leg amputated as an eight-year-old.

"As a survivor of childhood cancer, I feel obligated and motivated to do anything I can that may help bring relief to kids that are sick," Gowen said. "That is why for the month of September I will be donning special Go4theGoal gold gear at every wrestling event I attend. I will do all I can to spread the word about this wonderful organization. I'm honored, humbled, and grateful to play a small part in these courageous childrens' success stories."

Gowen is a former employee of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). From 2003-04, he wrestled in the WWE, squaring up against stars like Brock Lesnar and John Cena. He made his pro wrestling debut in 2002.

"We are humbled that Zach has been gracious enough to help support our cause at Go4theGoal," said Nate Mulberg, Go4theGoal Athletics Coordinator. "Zach is an inspiration and role model to all of us, especially those children and families fighting pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of children. We couldn't ask for a better individual to represent Go4theGoal."

About Go4theGoal Foundation:

Go4theGoal Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization founded in 2006 by Dr. Richard and Beth Stefanacci, soon after their oldest child was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. 2012 and 2013 were very exciting years at Go4theGoal Foundation, whose two national campaigns, National Dress 4 Pediatric Cancer Day® and Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer®, gave hundreds of schools, businesses and sports teams an opportunity to raise awareness and much needed support for patients in their communities and earned Go4theGoal the honor of "Top Rated Non-Profit of 2012, 2013, & 2014" by Great Nonprofits. Go4theGoal provides children undergoing cancer treatment and their families with financial assistance, runs fun hospital-based programs, grants special wishes and supplies state-of-the-art electronic products to children and pediatric oncology units in over 80 hospitals across the country. Since 2007, G4G has funded nearly $1,000,000.00 in innovative pediatric cancer research.

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