Long Island wrestling community supporting 2-year-old Jake Staniszewski

MMA light heavyweight Eddie Gordon, of Freeport, trains

MMA light heavyweight Eddie Gordon, of Freeport, trains with Eric Hyer at Ray Longo's MMA Academy in Garden City for his upcoming Ring of Combat title defense. (Sept. 6, 2012) Photo Credit: James Escher

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The Long Island wrestling community is rallying around 2-year-old pediatric cancer patient Jake Staniszewski.

The "Live to Fight for Jake" fundraiser will be held on Sunday at Maxum Brazilian JiuJitsu in Bohemia and the all-day event will include a wrestling seminar with five top instructors.

Funds raised will support Staniszewski, who has already undergone a year of treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and sometimes fatal cancer.

The wrestling event will run from 10 a.m. to noon, and will feature Izzy Medina, Kenny Foster, Jimmy Quinlan, Eddie "Truck" Gordon and Steve Bononno.

Medina, a two-time state national team member and the former wrestling coach at SUNY-Maritime, said the session will focus on both "match preparation" and "wrestling technique."

He also said donors were able to sponsor children from underprivileged areas, allowing those who otherwise would not have been able to attend come to the seminar, with proceeds going to the Staniszewski family.

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"We were able to do a lot in a short period of time thanks to the generosity of so many people."

Foster is a two-time Georgia state champion and Pro Bellator fighter, Quinlan is a former Massachusetts state champion and UFC veteran, Gordon is a former Nassau County champion from Freeport who competed on the "Ultimate Fighter," and Bononno is a former state champion from Wantagh and NCAA All-American at Hofstra.

A jiujitsu seminar will follow the wrestling event and will be led by Jake's father, Mark Staniszewski, the first American to win in Brazilian jiujitsu and judo at the Pan American Games.

Live to Fight is a nonprofit organization founded by Kristin Brown that helps people in the combat sports community with life threatening illnesses.

For more information, visit livetofight.org and loveforjake.com.

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