This is truly an amazing story. BJJ fighter and gym owner Kenny Bond was recently diagnosed with, and has been fighting; brain cancer. In an absolute show of defiance he will be competing in just a few days at the IBJJF Pans 2017 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu championship.
Kenny says, “When I walked into the doctors suffering from headaches, I never thought I would be walking out with surgery scheduled to remove terminal cancer from my brain the very next day. But, I guess no one thinks it will happen to them. I am an RN, and I still never thought it would happen to me.”
“I have been a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt since 2003 and I own Street Sports Simi Valley, so saying that BJJ is my life is an understatement. I knew when it literally came to life and death I would use the sport (along with my wife and children) as my motivation to stay active and do my best to heal.”
“I had brain surgery about three months ago, just 24 hours after I was diagnosed.”
“I knew when it literally came to life and death I would use the sport as my motivation to stay active and do my best to heal.”
Kenny’s resolve came to full fruition when he decided that he was going to put it all on the line and compete at this years Pans Championships, despite the drain brought on from battling cancer.
He will be competing Saturday, March 18th against Jay Zeballos in the Masters 4 division.
“I hope that when people see me compete, they will know that no excuse is good enough to give up on what you love to do. If you want something bad enough you can do it, you just have to believe.”
What an inspiration! Godspeed brother! OSS!