Gordon Ryan recently met with Marcelo Garcia, one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes of all time – who has been undergoing therapy due to stomach cancer.
Ryan shared the details about their encounter:
We haven’t spoken much throughout my career, but he’s always been nothing but nice to me.
We speak often now and I really feel for Marcelo.
I know what it feels like to wake up everyday and just wish you could go back to sleep. I know what it feels like to be miserable and suffering 24 hours a day.
I know what it feels like to be out of the limelight and have people forget about you while you’re battling illness.
I’ve never had cancer, but I know what it’s like to suffer with debilitating illness at a young age.
So, he decided to make a generous offer to Garcia:
I felt that in my heart that I have to do something to help now that i am healthier than I’ve been.
I reached out to BJJ Fanatics a few months ago and asked to teach a seminar with Bernardo, and to film that seminar.
100% of the proceeds from the seminar will go to Marcelo to help with his treatment and the recording of the seminar will be for sale on BJJ Fanatics thereafter, with 100% of proceeds going to Marcelo as well.
Gordon emphasized that Marcelo didn’t ask for any of it, but that he simply accepted the offer.
And Gordon couldn’t be happier because he did:
This is simply a “thank” you to a person who has done more for the sport I love than anyone else.
This is the absolute least that can be done for him.
Let’s support this legend however we can.
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