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'Blades for the Cure' has special cause

Skating show assists local family and cancer society

Peggy Fleming is one of the presenters for this year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony taking place on June 19 in Chicago, Ill.
Peggy Fleming is one of the presenters for this year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony taking place on June 19 in Chicago, Ill. (Getty Images)

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By Allison Scott, special to icenetwork.com
(02/11/2008) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Peggy Fleming, one of the most honored skaters in the world, brings her grace and talent to Sertich Ice Arena for one show only on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., with "Blades for the Cure." Along with two-time U.S. national champions, world bronze medalists and professional skating champions Jenni Meno and Todd Sand, "Blades for the Cure" features a formidable array of 2008 Team USA national and international medalists in singles, pairs and dance.

The benefit performance features an impressive and wide-ranging silent auction and special VIP seating with a Meet-and-Greet and autograph session with Fleming, Meno, Sand and the other skaters following the show. Proceeds go to the Blades for the Cure Foundation, and this year they will also benefit a local skating family devastated by Multiple Myeloma, a type of cancer formed by cancerous plasma cells in the blood. A portion of the money raised also goes to the American Cancer Society Great West Division.

Tickets are available for online purchase February 18 at www.bladesforthecure.org. A confirmation will be sent, and the tickets will be available at Will-Call when doors open at 6:30 p.m. the night of the show.

Ticket prices:

VIP Tickets (limited seating) -- $40
VIP package includes on-ice seating and post-show reception and autograph session.

Adults (ages 13 and older) -- $20
Seniors (65+) and Active Military -- $15
Children (ages 3 - 12) -- $10
Ages 2 and under are free.

ABOUT BLADES FOR THE CURE

Blades for the Cure was founded through the efforts of some very dedicated skating parents and business professionals in Colorado Springs who wanted to make a difference. Motivated by the severe impact of cancer and the financial need of one of their own families in the skating community, the group formed a board of directors, applied for non-profit status and formed a foundation with the intent of not only helping this family, but also creating an annual fund-raising event to benefit other individuals and families faced with overwhelming financial need in the face of cancer and other catastrophic diseases. A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Cancer Society Great West Division, based in Colorado Springs.

ABOUT OUR GUESTS

Peggy Fleming (Emcee and Host)

With five U.S. titles, three world titles, and the 1968 Olympic gold medal, Peggy Fleming is one of the most honored and recognized skaters in the world. A former resident of Colorado Springs and member of the Broadmoor Skating Club, Peggy is a member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. She was honored by Sports Illustrated in 1999 at the 20th Century Awards as one of seven elite "Athletes Who Changed the Game," and she was one of the first inductees into the prestigious Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame.

In January 1998, on the 30th anniversary of her gold medal in Grenoble, France, Peggy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Faced with what she called "another Olympics, a life Olympics", she decided to share her experience with the public so that other women would be strengthened. Today, Peggy's interests are focused on health issues and fitness. Balance, she feels, is the key to living a vital and satisfying life. Towards that end, she has served on several community project boards, such as San Jose's Sports Authority, and as honorary chairman for Easter Seals and the PTA. She was also the national spokesperson for the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Peggy and her husband, Dr. Greg Jenkins, live in Los Gatos, Calif., where they operate the Fleming/Jenkins Vineyards and Winery. For more information on the vineyard, visit www.flemingjenkins.com. Since 1981, Peggy has also served as a skating commentator for ABC Sports.

Jenni Mend and Todd Sand (Featured Guest Skaters)

A couple on and off the ice, Jenni and Todd began skating together competitively in 1992. They competed in two Olympics and won three national titles and three world medals.

Meno and Sand were engaged the day of their short program at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. They were married July 22, 1995, and have two children. Following their amateur career, the pair skated professionally in the Stars on Ice tour for six seasons.

Meno and Sand are currently coaches of regional and national competitors.

Blades for the Cure, Incorporated
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
(719) 222 - 2222
www.bladesforthecure.org
email@bladesforthecure.org