Saturday night, UCW Wrestling headed to Horse Cave, Kentucky, with former WWE and current ROH star Matt Hardy.
Even though the wrestling brought in a lot of people for a good cause, there was one touching part that not many got to see before the night even began.
Matt Hardy met up with CHARGE survivor Cody Goodman.
For those that have never heard of C.H.A.R.G.E, from the website:
"CHARGE syndrome is a recognizable (genetic) pattern of birth defects which occurs in about one in every 9-10,000 births worldwide. It is an extremely complex syndrome, involving extensive medical and physical difficulties that differ from child to child. The vast majority of the time, there is no history of CHARGE syndrome or any other similar conditions in the family. Babies with CHARGE syndrome are often born with life-threatening birth defects, including complex heart defects and breathing problems. They spend many months in the hospital and undergo many surgeries and other treatments. Swallowing and breathing problems make life difficult even when they come home. Most have hearing loss, vision loss, and balance problems which delay their development and communication. All are likely to require medical and educational intervention for many years. Despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, children with CHARGE syndrome often far surpass their medical, physical, educational, and social expectations.
Continued research is needed to help us understand the medical and developmental challenges facing individuals with CHARGE. Better understanding will lead the way to interventions, therapies and educational strategies which can help people with CHARGE syndrome overcome many of the obstacles in their lives.
One of the hidden features of CHARGE syndrome is the determination and strong character these children display."
It was a truly touching moment between Cody and Hardy. The smile that graced Cody's face could have lit up the night. Cody and his family were so happy, but the smile that stayed on Cody's face when he met his hero was priceless. But the interaction between the two left us all speechless. It was one of those golden moments that makes the connection between wrestlers and wrestling fans shine. To see the full video, visit Matt Hardy's Facebook page by clicking here.