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Richard Poage Scholarship Fund

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Raised by 400 people in 2 months
Hello, everyone,

My name is Noah Legel, and I am one of Sensei Poage's friends, and one of his senior students at Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts and Healing Center in Scottsdale, AZ. His partner, Tiffany Richards, has set up a scholarship fund in his memory to be used to send qualifying students to Okinawa, where karate originated, so that they can train there, and experience the culture and atmosphere. Upon withdrawing the funds raised here, I will be writing a check for the full amount to be deposited directly into the scholarship fund. Thank you!

UPDATE: With Sensei Richard Poage's passing, the money we have raised here will largely not be needed for medical costs. What we would like to do with the remainder, if our donors are willing, is to put it into a newly formed scholarship fund--The Richard M. Poage Okinawan Karate Scholarship Fund. This fund is intended to carry on Sensei Poage's legacy of teaching and spreading Okinawan karate by sending qualifying students to the birthplace of karate to experience the culture, and train with masters there. He thought it was important for karateka to get that experience, and he would love to have the ability to send students to Okinawa, so we feel this is a fitting tribute to his memory.

All that said, we understand that those who have donated to this fundraiser did so with the intention of assisting with medical costs. Now that this isn't the case, we completely understand that some of you may wish to have your money refunded. That is absolutely fair, and if you request a refund we will gladly give it to you. If you do want your donation to go toward sending students to Okinawa in Sensei Poage's memory, however, we greatly appreciate it. Thank you, all, for all of the love and support you have shown Richard, his family, and his dojo family through these past couple of months!

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Many people know Richard Poage as the co-creator of the weekly YouTube video series, Waza Wednesday , and as the co-owner of Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts. For the past couple of months he has been plagued by migraine headaches. Despite that, he has toughed it out and continued to teach at the dojo every day, mentor his students, and do his best to promote the martial arts. Unfortunately, on the way back from a martial arts event in San Diego on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, he started experiencing extreme pain, had a seizure, and lost consciousness, and was rushed to the hospital in El Centro, CA. There, a CT scan determined that he has a large mass on the right side of his brain, which would have put anyone else in the hospital months ago. Due to the size of the mass and severity of the pressure on his brain, he had to then be airlifted to UC San Diego Health's neurosurgery ICU for further testing and emergency surgery.


It has been a huge shock to all of us who know and love him, as you never expect a healthy 32 year old, who does martial arts for a living, and never has to go to the doctor, to have such a severe health issue arise out of the blue. Unfortunately, as a young, healthy, self-employed man, he does not have health insurance, but we aren't letting this stop us from getting him the best treatment needed. We deeply appreciate any donation, no matter how small, to help chip away at the medical expenses, so that his family can focus on making him better, and not worry about how they are going to find the money to pay for it. He is and always has been a fighter, but he really needs people to to help fight alongside him right now.

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With Sensei Richard Poage's passing, the money we have raised here will largely not be needed for medical costs. What we would like to do with the remainder, if our donors are willing, is to put it into a newly formed scholarship fund--The Richard M. Poage Okinawan Karate Scholarship Fund. This fund is intended to carry on Sensei Poage's legacy of teaching and spreading Okinawan karate by sending qualifying students to the birthplace of karate to experience the culture, and train with masters there. He thought it was important for karateka to get that experience, and he would love to have the ability to send students to Okinawa, so we feel this is a fitting tribute to his memory.

All that said, we understand that those who have donated to this fundraiser did so with the intention of assisting with medical costs. Now that this isn't the case, we completely understand that some of you may wish to have your money refunded. That is absolutely fair, and if you request a refund we will gladly give it to you. If you do want your donation to go toward sending students to Okinawa in Sensei Poage's memory, however, we greatly appreciate it. Thank you, all, for all of the love and support you have shown Richard, his family, and his dojo family through these past couple of months!
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It is with a very heavy heart that I inform everyone that Richard passed away last night, at 2:04am PST, at the age of 32, due to complications from the brain cancer he has been fighting. Here is our update from his partner, Tiffany, who has been with him during this difficult time:

He swept me off my feet and stole my heart in late 2009. Today, my heart has been ripped out of its chest, thrown on the ground and stomped in to a million pieces. Richard M. Poage transitioned on Wednesday, December 27 at 2:04am PST time due to complications from a brain tumor. He was 32 years old.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of you have been praying and sending positive, healing energy our way over the course of the last 3-weeks. I have been overwhelmed with gratitude as I've walked this journey with Richard and held space for him in person. We so appreciate each and every one of you.

Richard had such a big heart for everyone around him and his patience was beyond impressive. He has always taught perseverance, respect to self and to others as well as a steadfast commitment to elevate the art of Shorin-Ryu karate. His influence in the karate community will be greatly missed. His love and dedication of the art shone through in each and every moment.

He loved unconditionally. He was spontaneous and witty. Every phone call between us (even the not so pleasant ones) ended with him saying, "I love you." His passions, other than karate, were being outdoors, camping, four-wheeling, target shooting, hunting and fishing. You could always find him on the mat or in the woods or desert.

He listened to motivational speakers like Les Brown, Earl Nightingale and Wayne Dyer. He was a very spiritual person and consistently sought self-improvement and self-awareness.

On behalf of Richard, I would like to thank you again for being with us during his greatest fight. I always told him that he'd go out with a bang. Bruce Lee left this earthly plane from cerebral edema; he was 32. Richard joins one of the greats, and he wouldn't have it any other way!

I'll post details on his service as soon as it's set. Thank you. Thank you so very much.
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