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Local MMA gym hosting benefit to raise funds for teen battling Hodgkins lymphoma

Team Lionheart MMA owner Weston Barnes, left, with Zach Mahan at Grave Robbers Coffee at the 2022 benefit car wash. | Courtesy Weston Barnes
IDAHO FALLS – Team Lionheart MMA Gym in Idaho Falls is partnering with multiple food vendors for its second annual benefit car wash.
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Gym owner Weston Barnes and his team will be washing cars on Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 525 2nd Street. Kanaka Maoli Hawaiian Grill and Shaved Oasis Snow Cones will be there serving food as well. All the proceeds from the car wash will benefit 17-year-old Kayden, a local kid battling Hodgkins lymphoma. The food vendors will donate a portion of their proceeds as well.
“Kayden is one of our teammates’ nephews. He’s been battling cancer for three our four months now. He’s going through chemo,” Barnes tells

Kayden, 17, lives in Idaho Falls. He was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. | Courtesy photo

Team Lionheart partnered with Grave Robbers Coffee for a similar event last year to raise funds for the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission. The event was held in Cody Adams’ memory, a former Team Lionheart employee who passed away from a drug overdose. The team raised about $700 for the nonprofit’s addiction recovery program.
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Barnes is grateful for those who supported it last year, and he’s hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.
“Last year, we didn’t sell food. It was just the car wash. Now we have the food vendors, so we’re hoping to raise about $1,000 (to help with his medical expenses)” says Barnes. “This kid is really struggling and we want to do everything we can to help him.”
Monkey Biz Detailing is also helping to sponsor the event.
The price of the car wash and the food is in the flyer below.

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