A fighter who grew up in Beaumont is battling a rare disorder of the central nervous system
A 36-year-old mixed martial artist (MMA) known for his battles in the ring is fighting for survival outside the ring.
Victor Valimaki grew up in Beaumont and four months ago the man fans know as "The Finisher" was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica, a rare disorder of the central nervous system which mimics multiple sclerosis.
His mother Judy who lives in Beaumont tells the One News she noticed something was wrong with Victor last fall when he moved back in with her temporarily.
"He was starting to sleep a lot and coming home exhausted and he's never been that way, he's been a mover since the day he was born non-stop and to see him sleeping like that struck me as unusual," says Judy.
Valimaki came out of retirement for one last fight against Teddy Ash at Unified MMA 32 in Edmonton's Royal Palace last September.
He lost the match in a first-round knockout.
Following the match, he started losing muscle function in his legs and has gone through multiple tests, scans, spinal taps, plus a biopsy on his brain.
Victor is currently staying at the Glenrose hospital where he was told recently his disease was in remission.
Terry Kopp a close friend of Victor's started a Go Fund Me Page to help cover the medical costs, you can find a link to the page here https://ca.gofundme.com/get-victor-moving. (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)