Casey Osbourne sent along the following to WrestleZone.com:
For immediate release:
Wrestlers Rescue (http://www.wrestlersrescue.org) would like to thank to the WWE (http://www.wwe.com) for their generous contribution of an encased replica World Title Championship belt (like the one shown here: http://www.wweshop.com/Product_detail.asp?cat=cat-Belts-Heavyweight&productId=06-00663 ) signed by Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, John Cena, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes with a Letter of Authenticity of the signatures. This unique, rare item will be up for charitable auction on (4/24/2009), at http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/dr.deathcampaign, and the starting bid will be $200.00 plus Shipping and Handling. This is one of many pieces of sports entertainment/professional wrestling memorabilia that would be a great addition to fans and collectors alike all over the world. Proceeds (payment information will be available on the previously stated web site link) of the auctions running currently will be used in the campaign to purchase a “hands-free” voice box for cancer survivor and former WWE, WCW, and world renown wrestler, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams (http://www.myspace.com/drdeathsw).
Former WWE/ECW Diva and Lead Organizer of Wrestlers Rescue, Dawn Marie, is facilitating fundraising efforts on behalf of Steve "Dr. Death" Williams via the Wrestler’s Rescue organization. Williams needs approximately $20,000 for a “hands-free” voice box.
After his 2004 cancer diagnosis, Steve Williams endured a series of major surgeries that removed his vocal chords, larynx — and a golf ball-sized tumor — from his person, the 48-year-old survivor now uses his hands as a necessary means to communicate. “I have a stoma; it’s a big hole about the size of my thumb that goes straight to my lungs,” Williams said. “When I take a deep breath into that hole, the air goes back … it brings up the voice where I vibrate the walls of my to get a voice out — I don’t have any vocal chords or thyroid or nerve to my deltoid, they reconstructed my whole vocal battery. To describe it better, it’s like a whistle. A whistle has two holes and a ball in it and when you blow, it makes noise.” Williams discussed his odyssey from the gridiron to the squared circle to the operating table in detail in his 2007 autobiography, “How Dr. Death Became Dr. Life.” He continues to wrestle sporadically on the independent circuit with a protective scarf around his neck, which ensures dirt doesn’t fly into the device that allows him to breathe.