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Saturday, August, 9, 2014
PSA'S Video [http://youtu.be/C2vghWJxqrA] (41 seconds) Audio [http://middletonpd.com/wav/Battle-of-Badges-PSA.mp3] (30 seconds)
Media photo opportunity *UPDATED TIME*
Thursday, July 31st at 11:00am - coin toss with Police Chief Charles Foulke, Fire Chief Aaron Harris and 4-year old Blake Rickert - Firefighters Memorial Park, 3201 Pleasant View Rd (MAP) [https://plus.google.com/117704983585592597855/about?gl=us&hl=en#117704983585592597855/about]
Sam Thomas, 608-695-1022, email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
NEW IN 2014!! We are excited to announce that we are adding a 5K fun run/walk prior to the softball game.
Start & finish at Firefighter's Memorial Park (MAP) [https://plus.google.com/117704983585592597855/about?gl=us&hl=en#117704983585592597855/about]
Friday, August 8th from 4pm-7pm at Endurance House of Middleton [http://endurancehousemiddleton.com/]
Day of Race, Saturday, August 9th, from 7am-9am
Run begins at 9:30am
Walk/Stroller begins at 9:45am
$30/person includes t-shirt & refreshments
Register online & get more information at www.battleofthebadgesmiddleton.com [http://www.battleofthebadgesmiddleton.com/]
MIPD vs. MIFD Softball Game
Join your Hometown Heroes from Middleton Police, Middleton Fire District & Middleton Emergency Medical Services in a fun softball game to honor 4-year Blake Rickert, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Firefighters Memorial Park, 3201 Pleasant View Rd, Middleton WI (MAP) [https://plus.google.com/117704983585592597855/about?gl=us&hl=en#117704983585592597855/about]
First pitch 11AM
Games, fun & prizes! Concession stand food and beverages!
Money raised by both events will go to Blake and other local families affected by childhood cancer.
Meet four-year old Blake Rickert. Blake is a beautiful young boy who was diagnosed with Burkitt Leukemia in January 2014. Doctors are treating his disease with an aggressive treatment protocol at American Family Children's Hospital. Since initial diagnosis, he has been hospitalized more than he’s been home. We will be honoring Blake at the 3rd Annual Battle of the Badges charity softball game between Police Officers, Fire Fighters & Paramedics from the City of Middleton on Saturday, August 9th.
Blake lives in Fitchburg with his parents, Jill and Kevin. Blake is an active and inquisitive little boy who loves diggers, plow trucks, vacuum cleaners, fire trucks, police cars, cooking, shoveling, raking, gardening and playing outside. He is a sweet, loving child who smiles and laughs a lot, even from his hospital bed.
The Rickerts’ are a close, loving family who never imagined that their little boy would have to deal with cancer. Blake was initially diagnosed with influenza and then pneumonia. Struck with the realization that Blake was not getting any better, Kevin and Jill took Blake to the UW Children’s Hospital, where an ultrasound discovered fluid outside of is stomach wall. Additionally, CT scans and a bone marrow biopsy revealed tumors in Blake’s stomach and leukemic cells in his bone marrow.
It was determined that Blake had Burkitt’s Leukemia, it was already very serious as Blake had fluid making it difficult for him to breath and action needed to be taken right away as he was a very sick little guy. Burkitt’s is a very rapidly growing cancer; it can double in size every 14 hours. Although it is rare, patients have a great survival rate as this rapidly aggressive cancer responds well to chemotherapy. Jill and Kevin are very thankful to have the wonderful Oncology staff and nurses at the UW Children's Hospital taking care of Blake.
History of Battle of the Badges
2012: https://www.facebook.com/events/100324056780691/ [https://www.facebook.com/events/100324056780691/]
2013: https://www.facebook.com/events/409621065819585/ [https://www.facebook.com/events/409621065819585/]
2014: https://www.facebook.com/events/599086716840615/ [https://www.facebook.com/events/599086716840615/]
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