Jay Holdgreve wants people to learn from his experiences.

Jay Holdgreve wants people to learn from his experiences.

The Dublin resident was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2010 and decided to create an endowment fund for cancer research and Tcare.org to raise awareness.

"I'd like them to find a cure or a better understanding of it," Holdgreve said. "That's my goal."

Holdgreve, an athletic trainer at OrthoNeuro, has worked with athletes and trainers around the country and said testicular cancer is rarely discussed.

"It's a sensitive subject," said Ryan Eickhold, a friend helping Holdgreve raise money and awareness. "Guys never go to the doctor anyway."

But since Holdgreve has "gone public" with his illness, he said he's found many people have been affected by testicular cancer.

"It's amazing how many people have come up to me and said, 'My father had it,' or 'My brother had it' or 'I had it.'"

Eickholt created the 31 Initiative to help raise money and awareness for Tcare.org.

"When people want to do something for me, it pushes me to do more," Holdgreve said. "I never thought it would have blossomed into what it has."

A fundraiser, Bowling for the Boyz, also has been held in his hometown of Delphos to raise money, and the OSU baseball team and other locals put his logo on their helmets last year.

Holdgreve wants to do a local fundraiser.

"It's amazing to me how generous people are," he said, noting that he's gotten donations from people around the country he doesn't know.

Holdgreve's goal is to raise $50,000.

"That will make it an official endowment," he said.

Once he raises $50,000 it will go towards testicular cancer research.

"Paying it forward is one of my big statements," he said. "I want to give ahead to the future. I've got two little boys. I don't want them to go through that."

The research money will go to the James Cancer hospital, where Holdgreve said he's received excellent care.

"They're 100 percent behind this at the James because sometimes you need a voice out there," he said.

For more information on the Jay Holdgreve Endowment Fund for Testicular Cancer Research, look online at Tcare.org.