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Charity tailgate party on Sunday to benefit "Zach Ramsey Children's Cancer Fund"

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Log onto and you'll read a mission statement that says it all:  "Our mission is to help families during their greatest struggle by restoring hope, dignity and joy during the pediatric cancer diagnosis and treatment process."

Zach Ramsey was 15-years-old when he came home one day from school with terrible stomach pain. Turns out it was cancer.

He lost his cancer battle in 2005, at the age of 17.

As his parents Mary Louise and Jim Ramsey will tell you, Zach's story could have been a somber tale, but he turned his diagnosis into an inspiration, not only for their family, but for everyone he touched.

Before he died, Zach helped establish the "Zach Ramsey Children's Cancer Fund." 

The fund raises money to help local families manage the emotional and financial stress of pediatric cancer.

One of the biggest fundraiser every year is a tailgate party. It's always held on the first away game of the Panthers season. 

This year it'll be Sunday, September 11.  Doors open at 1 p.m.  Kickoff festivities start around 3:30 p.m. 

WBTV's Molly Grantham and WBT Radio's Keith Larson are the co-emcees.  (Two months before he died, Zach had a live radio conversation with Keith.)

Tickets are $75.  That includes all tailgate food and drinks. It is a family friendly event. Carolina Panther mascot Sirr Purr and some former Panther players will be in attendance.

Thursday night, the Ramsey's appeared on WBTV News at 10:00 on WJZY to invite anyone to the tailgate who might want to "give back" while having fun doing so.

Click the attached video to see their interview.

Go to to buy tickets and for more details.

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