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MMA Fighter Battling Stage 4 Cancer : The Inspiring Journey of Matt MacGrath
Matt MacGrath, also known as ‘The Belt Collector,’ is currently fighting stage 4 cancer and focusing on his recovery. This 43-year-old Canadian fighter has taken a break from his sport to be with his family and undergo treatment. In an effort to alleviate some of the financial burden that comes with cancer treatment, MacGrath has turned to GoFundMe for support.
Born and raised in the P.E.I Province, MacGrath earned his nickname through sheer determination and hard work. Throughout his career, he won belts from various regional promotions in Canada. Although he faced both victories and defeats, MacGrath’s resilience never wavered.
In 2012, MacGrath fought Nordine Taleb in the Ione Bellator clash, experiencing his first career loss. However, he bounced back with an impressive eight-fight winning streak, including a victory over Jesse Ronson. MacGrath’s last fight took place in 2017.
Since his retirement from professional fighting, MacGrath has dedicated his time to coaching and training young athletes. His expertise spans across disciplines such as jiu-jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), judo, and wrestling. Currently residing in Charlottetown, PEI, MacGrath operates a gym and two judo and wrestling clubs in the city.
To support MacGrath and his family during this challenging time, a GoFundMe page has been created. The campaign has already raised CAD 87,000, nearing its goal of CAD 100,000. Bradshaw Campbell, a close friend of the family, initiated the fundraising effort and called upon the sports community, friends, and the people of PEI to lend a helping hand.
Campbell expressed, ‘When there is a load to carry, Matt is there. When there are tough times, Matt is there. When people need to be lifted up, Matt is there. The time has come for us to be there for Matt in his time of need.’ He encourages everyone to contribute, regardless of the amount, and to share the GoFundMe page or leave a kind message for MacGrath’s family.
Join the fight alongside Matt ‘The Belt Collector’ MacGrath and help him overcome stage 4 cancer. Together, we can make a difference in his life and show our support for this inspiring fighter.