Will Nace, Alligator Wrestler Fundraiser

$2,041 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 31 months
Melodie Ann Rasumoff   Plantation,

Will Nace, a 23 year old alligator wrestler and animal enthusiast of The Native Village in Hollywood Florida made headlines when he was bitten by "Lunge", a 13 foot bull gator in July 2013.

Both bones in Will's arm were broken as Lunge pulled him into the water and performed a "death roll". Thankfully, Will's training and quick thinking is what saved his life. He required 10 surgeries which included skin/muscle graphs and lots of internal "hardware". The surgeons were able to save his arm but he will never have the functionality he had prior to the bite. Since being bitten he has fought hard against the odds to inspire, train, and help to develop and enrich many young volunteers lives' while slowly getting himself back in the wrestling pit.

Just recently, Will has been experiencing pain in his arm and a trip to the surgeon revealed that one of his screws in his arm has come loose which has created the urgency for yet another surgery. The surgeon requires a large lump sum "pre-payment" before Will can have the operation. 


(((UPDATE~~~ A GENEROUS FAMILY PUT THE COST OF WILL'S PRE-PAYMENT ON THEIR CREDIT CARD SO THAT HE COULD HAVE THE SURGERY! THE MESHEL FAMILY HAS BEEN AMAZING AND A GREAT SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR WILL. SURGERY TOOK PLACE LAST WEEK AND WILL IS RECOVERING WELL! THERE ARE STILL MANY EXPENSES AHEAD, INCLUDING THE COST OF THE SURGERY AND ALL THE FOLLOWUP THERAPY... I WILL ADD UPDATES TO THIS PAGE AS TO HIS PROGRESS. WE WILL CONTINUE FUNDRAISING TO HELP OFFSET ALL OF HIS EXPENSES...))) 

Realistically, the life of an alligator wrestler is not one that pays well. Will, like many others, has a passion for animals and the native american art of wrestling an alligator.

Will has no health insurance. No pension or retirement benefits. No nest-egg. No parents to fall back on. But he does have us. The Native Village is a "village". A village filled with friends that have become family and look out for each other. That is what this is. We need to do this to look out for Will. And we need everyone's help and involvement getting the word out and some donations in.

Will is so young and has his whole life ahead of him. He has been knocked down and has gotten back up. He has gotten back in the wrestling pits with one arm, because he has a passion for what he does. He has coached, guided and been a friend to many of us and our children.

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Update 7
31 months ago
WE are hosting an auction on facebook for this beautiful wolf tooth necklace donated by Black Wolf Arts by Carlos https://www.facebook.com/events/358931917582202/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Currently On Auction on Facebook....
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Update 6
31 months ago
Hey everyone... stay tuned for Will's story on WPLG Channel 10 News tonight... They are doing a piece at 11pm on Will!!!
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Update 5
31 months ago
Update: Just want to let everyone that an amazing & generous family, The Meshel's, fronted the cost of Will's surgery because he was in so much pain. The operation was on Tuesday and although he is still having some pain, he is recovering well. We will continue to raise money for Will's expenses and reimbursement of the surgery costs. Aside from just donations, we will be auctioning off some donated Alligator tooth necklaces by Black Wolf Arts through Facebook in the next couple of days. Thank you all for supporting Will during this journey. He personally asked me to tell each of you that have donated and helped spread the word that he is grateful for all of the support.
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Laurin Spyker-Realtor Palm Beach
30 months ago

Will, it was great meeting you yesterday and watching you do what you do best. You are an amazing, strong ,and determined man we all can learn from. I wish you the very best in all you do and on your recovery! I hope you heal quickly. Godspeed.

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Anne Alvino
31 months ago

Hope you are feeling better real soon!

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Will Nace
31 months ago

Thank u guys for everything

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$2,041 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 31 months
Created January 19, 2014
Melodie Ann Rasumoff     Medical   Plantation,
JF
$10
Jon Fields
31 months ago
NP
$16
Nikita Porter
31 months ago

Sorry it isn't much, but I hope it helps you to continue doing what you love now and in the future. You are an inspiration to many and may you continue to be. Good luck.

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IC
$200
ian and cady
31 months ago

We Love you. You have come so far and I'm thankful for all your help. Cant wait to find out what the new year brings for you. nothing but positive vibes with you and the village

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DC
$20
Daniel Cruz
31 months ago

Sorry will this all I can do bro

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PB
$20
Patrick Ball
31 months ago

From Kalani, Luz and Rick -- Wishing you a speedy recovery in time for the next mudfest!

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$100
Anonymous
31 months ago
TT
$25
Tai Tran
31 months ago
$500
Anonymous
31 months ago
KH
$100
karen heuman
31 months ago

THANK YOU FOR SPENDING SO MUCH TIME WITH MY GRANDSON JORDAN. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY. YOU ARE BRAVE AND VERY STRONG.

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TS
$20
The Spohn's
31 months ago
Laurin Spyker-Realtor Palm Beach
30 months ago

Will, it was great meeting you yesterday and watching you do what you do best. You are an amazing, strong ,and determined man we all can learn from. I wish you the very best in all you do and on your recovery! I hope you heal quickly. Godspeed.

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Anne Alvino
31 months ago

Hope you are feeling better real soon!

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Will Nace
31 months ago

Thank u guys for everything

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