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MMA Fighter Ed “9mm” Ratcliff Fundraising for Mother’s Battle with Cancer

A Black Belt in both Karate and Taekwondo, Ed began MMA fighting in 2005 out of San Diego, California. Achieving a 8-3 record, with six out of his eight wins by knockout, Ed is obviously a skilled fighter. He was a title contender in the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and currently trains fighters at the Victory MMA gym in San Diego, in addition to being a personal trainer.

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Unfortunately, “9mm” is also currently fighting the biggest fight of his life: fundraising for his mother’s cancer treatments. Since finding out she had ovarian cancer earlier this year in February, Laceine Ratcliff-Mason began a raw & clean diet, dedicated to using only natural and holistic methods to fight the cancer. His mother has already had a hysterectomy and just recently underwent her first treatment at the Oasis of Hope Hospital, which is one of the most renowned medical institutions for its use of holistic & alternative cancer treatments.

As you can imagine, it is very difficult for Ed to see his mother going through this, especially since they have always had a positive mother-son relationship. Originally from Chicago and of African American/ Iroquois ethnic background, Ed and his sister were raised by Laceine, a single mother doing the best she could to provide for them. Ed recalls, “I followed in her footsteps. My mom is my original Karate instructor- she taught me in our living room”.

Destroying any stereotype you may have of MMA fighters, Ed has a focused, calm, and humble energy about him. Prioritizing his family above all else, Ed has been tirelessly organizing fundraisers in Southern California and his hometown of Chicago in order to support his mother and pay for the expensive cancer treatments. At this point, Laceine’s battle with cancer has reached a stage where more urgent treatment is needed, but fundraisers are just not raising funds fast enough.

Dedicated to helping others, Laceine is a member of FEMA’s National Disaster Preparedness Coalition and as a licensed Catastrophe Adjuster, she has traveled across the country helping hundreds of homeowners recover from major disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. Laceine reflects, “ It brings me great joy to have helped hundreds of victims during their time of need but now I’m in need of help. I have exhausted all of my resources on my cancer care and I’m afraid if I don’t get help with medical costs, I will not survive this beast called Cancer! The only way I will have a fighting chance to win this battle is with your help.”

Ed & Laceine wish to deeply thank everyone who has provided support thus far and humbly request that anyone able to and willing please donate money and help spread the word.


* Paypal donations can be sent to: Angels for Laceine

Click here for a direct paypal donation link for Laceine


Paypal Account Name:
Angels for Laceine Cancer Foundation

* Checks can be mailed to: 1770 Memorial Dr. #1 Calumet City, IL 60409

Kaira Portillo

Kaira Portillo-Espinoza was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She is grateful for having grown up around such a wide spectrum of diversity, which makes the Bay Area the unique place it is. Her first published book, Poems About This Roller-Coaster Ride Called Life, is a collection of poems she wrote throughout high school and college and explores issues of injustice, resistance, sexuality, and empowerment.