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Help Charlie Davis

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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: 

PO BOX 831072
OCALA, FL 34483

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for remembering him during this great challenge.


katina davis
Ocala, FL

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