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Saturday’s “A Night of Survival for Caleb Pack” provided entertainment for many, a good reason to get out of the house for some, and, most of all, over $2,000 to support the Pack family.
The Southern Wrestling Alliance event was organized by Russell Schweighardt and Robert B. Turner Elementary School counselor Lynne Gritton to benefit Caleb, a student at the school.
Caleb, a son of Rick and Robin Pack, has suffered from systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for about four years, and the disease weakened his immune system. Caleb had recently been sick and became severely dehydrated. The dehydration caused Caleb to go into cardiac arrest and then into a coma on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
He is still at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.
A wrestling benefit was a fitting event to host in Caleb’s honor — he’s very much a wrestling fan himself.
“A Night of Survival” had over 40 sponsors, and through ticket sales and auctions during the event, raised $2,060 total for the family.
Around 130 people attended the event, Schweighardt said.
“We had a good show,” he said.
Greg “Fearless” Foley, a teaching assistant at Turner, got licensed to wrestle in the event in support of Caleb, and to set an example for his other students.
Foley said he hopes to become a teacher and wants his current and future students to be able to learn from his experiences, including this one.
“I’m definitely challenging myself,” Foley said. “When I was younger, I learned the saying that ‘challenges heighten success,’ so I would tell students to let the challenges they face heighten their success.”
Foley said he doesn’t know Caleb personally, but wanted to help if he could.
“Anything I can do to better a student or family, I want to do,” he said.
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