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Councilman Blackwell encourages community support for the Southwest “Relay for Life”

Tuesday June 6, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate Release:

Louisville—The summer of 2006 will have a special meaning for Councilman Rick Blackwell (D) 12. It is because he is a cancer survivor.

“It is important for those of us who have survived cancer to get out and show others that we can beat this condition,” says Blackwell.

On Friday June 9th,  Blackwell will join others to kick off the Southwest Relay for Life at Valley High School for the American Cancer Society.

“It is a chance to support the many survivors we have among us now,” said Blackwell.

The District 12 Councilman was diagnosed with head and throat cancer one year ago. He underwent treatment and the cancer is now in remission. He will be one of the survivors running the beginning lap on Friday at 7:00pm.

“This is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society,” says Blackwell. “We are happy to participate and help praise what funds we can to help out.”

Mayor Jerry Abramson will also be on hand to help kick off the event which runs though 12:00pm Saturday June 10th. The Southwest event has been held for the last 10 years and the goal this year is $62,000.

Multiple teams plan to raise the money at Valley’s track. In the event of rain, the Relay will move into the gymnasium.

“You can still register a team for this weekend,” says Christie Burt, the event’s chairperson. “If you do not have a team, you can still come out and be part of the Relay. We will find a team for you.”

To register a team, call 412-9067. Valley High School is located at 10200 Dixie Highway.

Burt says people who do not want to be on a team but want to help can drop off donations.

“We will take any donation at the event or you can send it in to the American Cancer Society,” says Burt.

Those donations are tax deductible.

“This is a good chance for the community to come out to show support and encouragement to survivors of cancer,” says Blackwell. “That support makes the difference.”    

Rick Blackwell (D) 12