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Tap Cancer Out: Jon Thomas, Creating Change through BJJ


Words can not describe the sense of community and pride when you meet Jon Thomas, the Tap Cancer Out founder and CEO. He began his journey taking negative experiences and using them for positive change. The loss of his Good friend and Nephew to cancer made him question what he was going with the life he was given. He created change, change in the BJJ community to help others.

The video Below is Jon inspiring story:
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Tap Cancer Out is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for cancer-fighting organizations on behalf of the grappling community. As he said he took his idea and ran with it.

Not only as TCO raised over $86,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but it has united the grappling community.

On August 16th, 2014, TCO will be hosting a Summer Charity BJJ Open fundraising tournament with this year’s beneficiary organization being the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, helping to end pediatric cancer.

Instead of just paying to compete, tournament competitors can compete for FREE by fundraising on behalf of Tap Cancer Out and our beneficiary. This is on top of taking part in an incredibly well-organized and positive event.

At this tournament you don’t just fight to win, you fight to help others survive.

Please feel free to further read about all the good TCO is doing in the MMA community:


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Autumn Ziemba
Autumn’s interest in Martial Arts began in her early teens through her father and brother. They trained together for several years. During those years she was also active in Sports. Autumn took a break from Martial Arts and athletics to pursue her education. She completed her Undergraduate Degree at Oneonta State College in Sociology with a concentration in Pre-professional Human Services. She then studied Social Sciences at Binghamton University receiving her Masters in Social Science in 2009. Her passion lies in Gender equality for sports and facets of Mixed Martial Arts. She currently works as a Criminal Justice Professional. Writing is a passion of hers and she enjoys engaging with people of various backgrounds to gain an understanding of different perspectives in the world of MMA.