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Effort to help Apple Valley tennis coach battling brain cancer to an Open tournament

The fundraiser is working to send Jason Fregien and his family to a tournament in Cincinnati.
Jason Fregian (bottom right) with his family.

Jason Fregian (bottom right) with his family.

A GoFundMe has been set up to send Apple Valley tennis coach and volunteer battling brain cancer to a tournament in Cincinnati.

The fundraiser is for Jason Fregien, who volunteers as the Eastview Athletic Association Tennis Coordinator in Apple Valley. For the past year, Fregien has battled Glioblastoma.

Fregien, who works for Boston Scientific, has suffered pain, vision loss, memory problems and difficulty with basic decision making as a result of the brain cancer.

“One of the hardest parts for Jason is that he can no longer be a part of the tennis world. No more coaching. No more organizing tournaments. No more time with his family and friends on the courts. He can watch,” the GoFundMe reads.

Fregien’s wife and two sons are also avid tennis players, having played “thousands of hours on the court,” according to the fundraiser.

The GoFundMe, which is organized by a family friend, is working to raise money to send Freigien and his family to Cincinnati for the Western and Southern Open in August.

Fregien has said going to an Open tournament had always been on his "bucket list," according to the fundraiser.

“This is an opportunity for them to create memories together while Jason is still able to participate, although in a diminished capacity,” the GoFundMe reads.

The fundraiser had raised more than $8,000 of its $10,000 goal as of Thursday morning. An Apple Valley business has agreed to match the first $5,000. 

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