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Breaking boards to put a brake on Cystic Fibrosis

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Wrestler signs the boards and gives them to those who donate to his foundation Wrestler signs the boards and gives them to those who donate to his foundation

SPOKANE, Wash. - An Alabama father and his foundation, "Caring Now for Kids with Cystic Fibrosis," is doing everything he can to save his 11-year-old son, who has cystic fibrosis.

Ron Wrestler is planning to visit 49 states in 9 months to raise $9 million for Brandon and eight other children who have the disease. He says the kids are all in need of a double lung transplant, an operation that costs upward of $1 million.

Wrestler travels from state to state using his special skill of breaking 2" x 4"s with his hands to raise money for his cause. After he breaks the boards, he signs them and gives them to the businesses that donate to his foundation.

His hand is severely calloused and cut up from all the boards he breaks. Doctors have told him he has permanent nerve damage. He says the pain is nothing compared to what the children go through.

Wrestler has already visited 23 states and is passing through Spokane Wednesday. He hopes his story will inspire people to give a little to his cause.

"If 1 million people give just 9 dollars, I will have succeeded," says Wrestler.

He's planning to finish his tour in New York, where he is hoping to get on David Letterman, The Today Show and Good Morning America.

Wrestler is also a world record holder for breaking 109 2" x 4"s in 27 minutes.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide).

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