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April 17, 2013

Saranac wrestling champ fights cancer

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SARANAC —

“It’s just been amazing, all the community support, and it’s what’s going to help get us through,” Tammy said.

She continues to drive her youngest son to his many appointments and stays with him during his hospitalizations, while his father, Roy, spends long hours making the daily commute before returning home to their 12-year-old daughter, Kayla.

“It’s a torn situation,” Tammy said of the travel and impact on her children, including Nate’s older siblings, Courtney, 21, and Brandon, 20.

CELEBRITY WRESTLER

So far, the school and Saranac community, as well as wrestling teams from neighboring schools, have held a car wash and bottle drive to help the Woods and continue to rally behind the family with bracelet sales and other fundraisers.

Now, TNA IMPACT Wrestling has thrown its support behind the determined teen.

Stars from the hit wrestling organization, seen on Spike TV, will be at the Rouses Point Civic Center from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday as part of TNA’s “The Road to Slammiversary” tour.

But first, on Thursday, celebrity wrestling powerhouse Matt Morgan will spend time at Comfort Inn and Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh to meet local fans and sign autographs, with all donations going to help Nate’s fight.

And he will meet with Nate personally at some point during the day, according to Impact Wrestling promoter John LaHart.

For the Woods, the wrestling event is yet another heartwarming example of the love and concern for Nate.

“The support has just been wonderful, and we’re just taking it day by day,” Tammy said.

“There’s going to be hard days, but we’re going to do what we have to do to get through it.”

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HOW TO HELP

IMPACT Wrestling star Matt Morgan will sign autographs near Old Navy in Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Minimum donation is $5, with all funds going to Nate Wood and his family.

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