EL CENTRO – Screams of exhilaration,and aÂ fight for a good cause, surrounded a large “LuchaÂ Libre”Â wrestling ring Friday evening at Joe’s Powerhouse in El Centro.
Lucha Libre, which means “free wrestling”Â has become a well-watched sport in the local community. With the high flying kicks and masked wrestlers, the night was sure to be a good time.
Although,Â the night was filled withÂ exitement and fun, the Lucha LibreÂ wrestling match hadÂ a larger cause.Â The literalÂ feel of an actual “fight”Â was there, withÂ wrestlers ffightingÂ in the wrestling ring. But, standingÂ on the sidelines, a family was fighting for support for their son.
The wrestling event was organized to raise money forÂ Gilbert Robles, a 14-year- old El Centro resident recently diagnosed last MayÂ with cancer.
Mayra Carboni, mother of Gilbert Robles, stood at a table fully stocked with shirts decorated with the “Fight Hard,Fight Cancer” logo. Carboni was selling the shirts for a $15.oo donation meant to finance her son’s health expenses.
“I am here today to help my son, we are just hoping for the best and trying to get all the help and support we can. He was diagnosed last May whenÂ the doctors at Rady’s Children HospitalÂ found a tumor on his lower spine, and then they found a small one on his lungs. Â I just want GilbertÂ to be okay,” said Carboni.
Frank Valenzuela, the promoter for the event, spoke about why he put together the Lucha Libre,Â ” I put this all together for Gilbert, he is like family, and I wanted to do everything I could to help him and his family out. Fifty percent of the proceeds that are earned at this event will go to Gilbert and his family for expenses.”
If you’d like more information on the Fight Hard, Fight Cancer cause, you can find them on facebook under Fight Hard Fight CancerÂ or #TEAMJR3[envira-gallery id=”44639″]