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Best known as Secretariat’s exercise rider, my father Charlie Davis, has enjoyed a lifetime of adventures in horse racing – from the day he got on his first thoroughbred at the age of 10, to working fast racehorses before he was old enough to drive a car, to helping Secretariat make racing history. But the stories didn't end there. At the age of 70, he remained a part of the racing game, where he worked with newborn foals and frisky colts at a breeding farm in Ocala, Florida, while periodically hopping a jet to fly off to another event honoring Secretariat. He even appears (just briefly, but he’s in it) in the motion picture “Secretariat,” which premiered nationwide Oct. 8, 2010.

Now 77 and retired, my dad is facing a difficult challenge. A few weeks ago, he was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and will immediatey begin chemo and radiation treatment. We're anticipating the medical bills will be astronomical, but we will do everything in our power to help ease the financial burden. His public appearances, which he has not been able to do because of his illness, are a primary source of his income. Medicare will only pay a portion of his medical bills, and his Social Security benefit is barely enough to pay the $1,000 a month for rent and utilities.

We are a family that has taken care of one another and never asked for help. But we are all overwelmed and realize we cannot do it alone. If you are so inclined, we would appreciate any contribution.

Dad, who remains committed to his fans, would like to send a hand-signed photograph of himself aboard Secretariat to anyone donating more than $25. To receive yours, please provide a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope that will accommodate an 8x10 photograph and has the name you used for your donation. You can send that to: 

CHARLIE DAVIS
PO BOX 831072
OCALA, FL 34483

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for remembering him during this great challenge.
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I would like to thank everyone again for your overwhelming love and support through such a traumatic time for our family. Also, I'm very sorry to those of you whom I haven't responded-the emails were overwhelming and I could not keep up with all of them but responded to as many as I possibly could. If you have not received a picture please forward your address to my email @ katina_davis@yahoo.com and I will get the picture to you asap. Don't worry about stamps or envelopes. With everything that has happened over the past few months I haven't been checking this site as I should and I do apologize. Please forward your address and I will send you the autographed picture. You are truly appreciated!

Katina Davis
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My father passed away this morning. I ask for your prayers and thoughts as we try to get through this difficult time.
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Hello everyone. I just wanted to give you another update on my father's health. The chemo and radiation treatments did not go well for him and he ended up in the hospital as of Wednesday. We are going to discontinue those treatments and rely on our faith in God and holistic healing to get him through this . Hopefully he will come home this weekend. Thanks again for all the love, support and Birthday wishes!
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Hello Everyone,

At this point we are still going through with the treatments. This is week 1 so we have 4 more weeks to go for the radiation and chemo. My dad is doing as well as can be expected at this time and you are a really big help with lifting his spirits. I've been printing the pictures and messages off so he can see the love and support from everyone so please keep it coming! He loves it!
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