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Joplin MMA Athlete Lends a Helping Hand to Kids with Cancer

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Mixed Martial Arts fighter TeeJay “Bad Newz” Britton says he uses MMA as a ministry.

The MSSU grad and Joplin minister lends a helping hand to supporting kids with cancer.

The just turned pro athlete is helping kids like 12-year-old Weston, who's fighting a battle with brain cancer, go to camp quality.

The camp just outside Joplin, allows cancer kids to spend a week bonding and sharing experiences with one another.

"I was always taught, you reach the loss at any cost. You know, and so I feel this is something that god wanted me to do, he blessed me to do. He's kept me safe while I'm doing it and so I just want to reach people the best I can. And you know, MMA can be a dark world but you know I'm trying to be as much light as I can be,” says Britton.

Camp Quality Executive Director Kristin Patterson says "It's a true blessing that you can't really can't really describe. When TeeJay approached me about wanting to do this and he just met us one time at a Christmas event here at Victory. So it's truly priceless and I couldn't even put into words what it means to us."

It takes around $1,200 to send a child to camp. The organization is run on donations making the opportunity free to the family.

Britton's first fight is in Springfield on May 16th. He says he will donate the pocket from his fight, proceeds from t-shirts, and half of the money from ticket sales in partnership with Blackout Fighting Championship.

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