When James Richartz heard that a little 3-year-old boy had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, he knew he had to do something.
Richartz has a passion for helping children. Last month he launched an idea to bring pro wrestling to Hernando County, giving local enthusiasts a free show with cage-front interaction of some of the upcoming pro wrestlers in the business. It also helped raise money for West Hernando Little League.
He had hoped to make it a regular event, providing an opportunity for families to get out and enjoy an activity together while also supporting their community. The debut show was a success, attracting 300 spectators who also generously donated money to the cause.
"There was standing room only inside Rookies before the event started," said Richartz.
When he learned of little Logan's plight, he decided that was the kind of incentive he needed to bring the show back to Rookies at 3095 Anderson Snow Blvd. LoganMania is scheduled for Sunday.
LoganMania will kick off at 5 p.m. and run for about two hours, Richartz said. There will be about 16 professional wrestlers in six separate brawls. They are all trained professionally.
A few special guests are also scheduled to make an appearance. They include a former TNA Knockouts Champion Angelina Love; the widely recognized and acclaimed Lince Dorado; and a 7-foot, 1-inch-tall former WWE developmental star Titan.
"We are trying to bring in different elements that people haven't seen before," he said.
Sponsors for the event include Spring Hill Lock & Key; Buddy Buy Right; Crossepoint Church; Metro PCS; Local Ad Face; Top Line Tire & Auto; and Elegant Events.
Admission into the event is free but donations to Logan are encouraged. Proceeds after expenses from the sponsors and all money raised from donations will be given to Logan's family to offset the cost involved with his treatment.
"Rookies will also join in on the donation to help Logan's family," Richartz said.
It is hoped that little Logan will feel well enough to attend the event and have his picture taken with the wrestlers.
"My major motivation for this is to give this boy a day where he will never forget. This will be his special day and something he can always look back on."
For more information about LoganMania, contact Rookies Sports Bar & Grill at (352) 593-4114 or visit Brawl USA on Facebook at Facebook.com /brawlusa.