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Delaware Fights the Good Fight for CF

January 9, 2008

Charlie's Fight Night
The Clarke family is flanked by Flyers players at Charlie's Fight Night.
The fans and the sports stars turned out 500 strong on September 15, 2007 at Citizen Bank Park’s Diamond Club, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, and raised more than $212,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Delaware Valley Chapter’s Fourth Annual Charlie’s Fight Night was held on behalf of Charlie Clarke, diagnosed at age 6 with CF. This year’s event brings the total raised by the Delaware Valley chapter to $750,000.

It was a night of cheers and inspiration, with the area’s football, baseball and hockey stars out in force, including Eagles right tackle and all-pro John Runyan, Phillies Golden Glove shortstop Bobby Wine and Philadelphia Flyers Mike Knuble, Simon Gagne and Danny Briere. Fans snapped up more than 200 auction items including a guitar signed by country music star Taylor Swift, and the auction was capped by an $8,000 bid on the Grand Prize Trip for Two to an away game via the team jet, generously donated by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Flyers’ Mike Knuble and his wife Megan were instrumental in getting the team to donate the trip, and Mike also took the microphone to kick off the bidding with eloquence and style. Other team members lent their presence and support. Shortstop Bobby Wine signed countless autographs and shared golden moments from baseball’s history. Tackle John Runyan signed hundreds of footballs, and various members of the Flyers signed as many pucks.

Corporate sponsors lent their energy as well: First American Title Company, Achaogen, the Martin Co., SAP America, KPMG, LLP, Champps American Restaurant, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Keystone Mercy Health Plan.

Event chairs Lisa and Jim Clarke, Charlie’s parents, were joined on the event committee by 50 of their closest friends, neighbors and family members to make the evening a continuing success. They are already planning for next year’s Charlie’s Fight Sports Extravaganza, sponsored by the Flyers and Comcast, who has agreed to promote it on Sports Net.

“The success of Charlie’s Fight is a testament to friendship, compassion and benevolence,” said Jim Clarke. “We are fortunate to be surrounded by so many great people who share these virtues; without them, none of this would be possible. We are wonderfully optimistic about the future for those with this disease and firmly believe a cure for CF is within reach.”

 

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