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August 4, 2013

Tonawanda's Piccolo in fight of his life

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Since receiving the horrible news about the severity of his cancer, Piccolo, with the help of Hendrix and four of his six kids who live with him in Panama City, Fla., has rallied and continued to push forward. Hendrix said all the cancer has done is slow Piccolo down to the speed of a normal human being. 

"He actually keeps me going. You forget that he's even sick," she said. "He was always the type of person that had a lot of energy. Even at the gym they would always think he was on something. As soon as his feet hit the floor in the morning he's always going."

Piccolo barely took a moment after he found out his fate before pushing fear aside, like usual, to comfort those around him. He still has too much left to do.

"At first, of course it had me thinking, but if it happens, it happens. I can't do nothing but live my life," he said. "If I sit there and mope about it that won't do (anything) but bring everybody else down around me. I'm pretty much the rock of my family and if I go down they go down. If I show weakness, they show weakness. I don't have time to be weak."

Piccolo has been determined not to let his death sentence and the subsequent chemotherapy and radiation stop him from living his life the way he wants. And what he's always wanted to do is fight.

The competitiveness and physical nature of MMA drew Piccolo in right away when he was introduced to the sport three years ago. Training to fight helps keep him active and he feels it's something positive to help keep a good outlook.

Ever since he first started grappling and throwing punches he knew he had found his passion.

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