Praise for the Timmy Takedown

Praise for the Timmy Takedown
December 1, 2014 Callie Daniels-Howell

Praise for the Timmy Takedown

Debbie is the grandmother of an amazing little girl named Addyson, who teamed up with 18 other kids from across Indiana to takedown “Dr. Doom” (Timmy’s founder Dr. Chuck Dietzen) at the annual Timmy Takedown wrestling event on November 22nd. This event gives children with special needs a chance to show off their abilities in the ring, while helping to raise funds to support Timmy’s global health programming. This blog post gives you some insight into Addyson’s story and her experience at the 2014 Timmy Takedown. Click here to watch a brief documentary about the Timmy Takedown.

For those of you that follow Addyson’s story, you know that she loves big time wrestling. Recently, through a family friend, we met an amazing man – Dr. Chuck Dietzen, who once a year is also known by his wrestling name Dr. Doom. Dr. Chuck is the founder of Timmy Global Health, and through the organization he hosts the annual Timmy Takedown Wrestling Event, where local kids have a chance to support kids abroad.

When we arrived at Park Tudor for the event, there was electricity in the air. The young wrestlers were all talking about how they were going to “TAKEDOWN DR. DOOM” and his two sidekicks – Cargo and Mighty Joe. As we looked around the arena, we saw names plastered on the walls. Names like The Gavinator, The Tornado, Screamin Demon, Harrison the Destroyer, The Tasmanian Devil and my Favorite THE MASTER PIECE (that’s Addyson). Her older brother Leo gave her the name and we all thought it fit her perfectly.

We were only there a short time before the staff ushered all the wrestlers and their managers off to a secret location where they were given their last minute briefing. At which time Addyson was given a pink tutu and a magic wand, which had special powers and could help her takedown Dr. Doom. Shortly after their briefing, the music started and the wrestlers were escorted into the arena where they were welcomed with confetti. Cheers rang out as they took a lap around the wrestling ring and were given a standing ovation by the crowd.

Then all of a sudden the booooooo’s rang out – Dr. Doom, Mighty Joe, and Cargo had entered the arena. The announcer – Diamond Dan – was quick to tell us that even though Dr. Doom carried around a big beautiful Championship Belt, in 14 years, he had never won a fight.

Just before the main event, an amazing 18-year-old, Jimmy Kennedy, was asked to speak on behalf of the Timmy Takedown. He shared with us that he had been wrestling since he was 5 and because of this event he was able to get in front of crowds, and had gained enough self-confidence that he knew he could tackle anything. This young man now travels and gives speeches to schools, colleges, and various groups regarding the Timmy Takedown and Timmy Global Health. His story is a really amazing testament to the power of this event.

After he spoke, it was time for the first event! As each wrestlers entered into the arena, their name was announced and a brief bio was read. The smiles on the kids’ faces when they stepped inside the ring were priceless! There were children dealing with all sorts of physical challenges. One child with MS, could do nothing for himself and had to be lifted into the ring. Yes, there were tears and not just mine…until we saw the smile on his
face. He beamed from ear to ear and he was delighted when they threw him up in the air and then onto the mat. He loved it!

Dr. Doom, Mighty Joe and Cargo had no clue what they were up against. Some of the younger wrestlers were tossing them about like a feathers – throwing them from one side of the ring to another. Flipping them onto the mat and pounding them to a pulp. Dr. Doom was even thrown out of the ring numerous times and then had to hide behind the smaller children to avoid more beatings.

Finally the time had come: “ADDYSON THE MASTER PIECE” was announced over the loud speaker.

As she entered the arena, the closer she got to the ring, the more she feared it. Not because she was afraid of getting hurt, but because she felt that she was too strong and with her special powers, she thought she could hurt someone! She had a lengthy discussion with Dr. Doom and his not so Merry Men. After explaining her fears, they all decided it would be in everyone’s best interest if she did not wrestle this year. Instead, her brother Leo took her place.

As Addyson stood in Leo’s corner, he entered the ring with great confidence. Within seconds the three not so Merry Men swooped him up and slammed him down onto the mat…but that didn’t stop Leo. He was up in a heartbeat! He grabbed Dr. Doom and Mighty Joe and flipped them over like a burger in a skillet. At one point, Dr. Doom reached out to Addyson for help from her “special wand and special power,” but she would have no part of his sinister ways. Next, into the ropes two of the not so Merry Men went and alas the final blow that took Dr. Doom down and out. The cheers rang out and the referee lifted Leo’s arm and declared him the winner of that match.

A few events after Leo’s Dr. Doom looked at Addyson and blew her a kiss. Of course, she blew one right back. We spoke with Dr. Chuck after and he was so disappointed that Addyson didn’t get in the ring. But he can’t wait to see her at the event next year.

She had captured his heart.

Every child that entered the ring was filled with excitement. Some were very serious and some landed some pretty good blows. But when they left the ring, they felt like they were kings and queens. Thank you to everyone that made this event possible!

by Debbie Hoffman

Debbie is the grandmother of an amazing little girl named Addyson, who teamed up with 18 other kids from across Indiana to takedown “Dr. Doom” (Timmy’s founder Dr. Chuck Dietzen) at the annual Timmy Takedown wrestling event on November 22nd. This event gives children with special needs a chance to show off their abilities in the ring, while helping to raise funds to support Timmy’s global health programming. This blog post gives you some insight into Addyson’s story and her experience at the 2014 Timmy Takedown. Click here to watch a brief documentary about the Timmy Takedown.

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