Niagara Gazette


August 4, 2013

Tonawanda's Piccolo in fight of his life



Piccolo's demeanor outside the cage is a complete contrast to the aggressive and physical competitor he transforms into when he's locked behind the fencing. Hendrix said that he is always eager to help anybody, and that he is always looking for ways to bring people together.

In Lilly's first conversation with Piccolo after hearing the news, the conversation quickly moved from Brian's battle to the rest of the people in his life and how his fight with cancer affects them. He wants to set a good example for his boys.

"When I talk to him he tells me he just wants to show his kids that life is short but that he won't give up," Lilly said. "(His kids will) always know their father fought 'til the end. Who knows what's going to happen in the next year with Brian Piccolo? But I think the mark that he's left on his kids, the Tonawanda community and the people he wrestled with and in MMA — he's touched a lot of people."

Piccolo hopes to be able to fight again sometime this month as long as training goes well and his health cooperates. In the meantime he's hard at work on the days he's capable, building a house for his family and cherishing every moment he has left with everybody in his life.

"Don't take nothing for granted. You never know what you can be doing tomorrow," Piccolo said. "You never know what's going to happen to you so always be prepared for whatever is coming. … Just don't take nothing for granted. Love the ones around you as much as you can."

How you can help Brian Piccolo and his family • There has been an account set up with Innovations Federal Credit Union. Donations can be made to help Brian build the rest of his house. The name of the account is "Benefit Account for Brian Piccolo," and the account number is 0052247911. Innovations has several branches located throughout Bay County: 910 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408 700 W. 23rd Street, Panama City, FL 32405 625 Jenks Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401 2250 S. Highway 77, Lynn Haven, FL 32444 864 N. Tyndall Parkway, Callaway, FL 32404 17900 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City, Florida 32413 • There will be a benefit for Piccolo on Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. It will be held in Tonawanda and tickets will be $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door. For more information please visit the Facebook page: Benefit for Brian Piccolo.

Matt Parrino is the Sports Editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.

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