DELPHOS — A fundraiser by a Delphos native has reached more than $70,000 over the past nine years. The Bowling for the Boyz event was held at Delphos Recreational Center Saturday in the hopes of adding to that total.
Jay Holdgreve has been the driving force behind the event after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
“In August of 2010 I was reading a book to my daughter and she laid her head on my chest and it felt like somebody poked glass through my chest. And I had other symptoms, you know, kind of soreness in the testicle region, but didn’t think anything about it,” said Holdgreve.
He looked up the symptoms for testicular cancer on Google and was convinced he needed to have things checked out.
“So I called my doctor at Ohio State and got in right away and then went from there,” he said.
After a successful outcome from his cancer treatment, Holdgreve wanted to do something more.
“We went into a follow-up appointment and we were just going to donate money to a fund at The James [Cancer Hospital] and they researched it and there was no money going toward testicular cancer research at James. So after talking about it with my wife, I decided I just wanted to make a difference, so we signed a contract to raise $50,000 in five years and we did it in less than three,” he said.
The Jay Holdgreve Endowment for Testicular Cancer Research at The James Cancer Hospital has a balance of $106,000 and events like Saturday’s Bowling for the Boyz will add to that balance.
He advises all men to have their testicles checked by a doctor, especially if they’re experiencing symptoms.
“If something’s wrong and you feel abnormalities in your testicles, get it checked out. Don’t be embarrassed because it [the cancer] spreads very fast. It’s a 95 percent cure rate, but for those who don’t catch it early, it spreads to their lungs and their brain and then it’s pretty traumatic [because] of the chemo and radiation they get. The biggest thing, men in general and their health need to get checked out. Don’t put it off. The sooner you get it taken care of, the better chance you have to carry on in your health,” he added.
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