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Fundraiser set for Saturday at Ro-Na

It’s known simply as “The Game.” Arguably the most heated rivalry in sports — Ohio State vs. Michigan — will serve as the backdrop for a fundraiser on Saturday at the Ro-Na Theater in downtown Ironton.

The Friends of Ironton-sponsored “Game Day at the Ro-Na” begins at 11 a.m. and in conjunction at noon the “Buckeye Brady Bash – The Hokey Chokey” aims to raise money for two area families.

“Not only will we be having one heck of a party,” Billy Bruce, co-organizer of the Brady Bash, said, “we will also be raising money for two very worthy causes.”

Coal Grove freshman running back Nathaniel Brummet suffered a broken neck and a stroke during football practice in early September. As a result he and his mother, Brooke, routinely travel to National Children’s Hospital in Columbus for treatment and evaluations. Nathaniel will undergo spinal fusion surgery after his January visit to National Children’s.

“Nathaniel requires additional medical attention,” Jon Ferguson, co-organizer, said. “We hope to raise some money to assist in those costs.”

The Brady Bash will also raise money for Tina Webb. Webb has a rare form of pancreatic cancer that is in stage four.

“She is undergoing treatment while raising her young son,” Bruce said. “We will also be raising money to help her out.”

Mark Snyder, South Point native and defensive coordinator for Texas A&M, and Tyler Wheatley, former Ohio State fullback, donated memorabilia for the fundraiser.

“Stop by, buy a few split the pots or a chance on the beautiful Ohio State quilt and watch ‘The Game,’” Ferguson said. “Have some unbelievable pulled pork from Hillbilly Konk and support two people in our community.”

Webb said she will take advantage of Small Business Saturday in Ironton before making her way to the Ro-Na.

“I’m going to do some shopping then go watch the game,” she said. “It’s a great thing and I am glad to be a part of it. I’m happy to be able to support Nathaniel.”

Webb begins her third round of chemotherapy treatment soon, which she said is a reminder of her illness.

“I don’t really know I’m sick until I get ill from the effects of the chemo,” she said. “I go back to Chicago after my next treatment for evaluation.”

Brooke said the fundraiser is a reminder that people haven’t forgotten about what happened to Nathaniel.

“I’m thrilled they would include Nathaniel in this,” she said. “Oftentimes things happen to people and, after a while, it just kind of fades out of people’s minds. This fundraiser is proof that has not happened with Nathaniel.”

The Wolverines of Michigan lead the all-time series 58-45-6.