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    Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:28:51

    Grammy Nominee Charlie Kelley and the CCA Create Blue Note Fund - New Fund Strikes a Chord with Patients to Fight High Cost of Medical Care

    Producer/artist/musician Charlie Kelley has been instrumental in the creation of the Blue Note Fund in collaboration with The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), of which he is a board member. The Blue Note Fund is a program designed to provide financial support for colon cancer patients in need. He is a colon cancer survivor himself.

    After a colon cancer diagnosis at age 40, Kelley was all too aware of the financial burden that accompanies cancer and decided to do what he could as a young entertainer to not only raise awareness about colon cancer but also to raise funds for families that find themselves in a difficult financial situation. "When you're fighting cancer, the last thing you want to think about is a bill you can't pay," said Kelley. "I knew I needed to find a way to help others who were going through this."

    The fund is named after a musical term, as well as the official color of colon cancer awareness. "A blue note is associated with soul," said Kelley. "Most musicians and singers will slide in and around these notes to create emotion and cancer certainly is an emotional roller coaster!"

    "The Blue Note Fund couldn't come at a better time," said Andrew Spiegel, chief executive officer of the Colon Cancer Alliance. "During these tough economic times, anything that can be done to help people pay their medical bills is a welcomed relief. Today, one in eight people turn down life-saving medications due to the high costs. The Blue Note Fund will provide some monetary relief to these individuals so they can focus on fighting colon cancer without having to worry about how they are going to pay their utility bill or put food on the table."

    In effort to raise money for the Blue Note Fund, Kelley and songwriter Peter Cooper penned a tongue-in-cheek song about Kelley's bout with cancer, "Less of an Ass," and it is now available for download here. All proceeds will benefit the Blue Note Fund.

    "After being diagnosed with colon cancer and learning that I would need surgery to remove part of my colon, a friend asked if I would be less of an ass afterwards, that was just too good of a title to pass up!" laughed Kelley.

    Kelley and his wife and GAC personality Nan Kelley, have hosted "The Stars Go Blue" for Colon Cancer Benefit the last two years and plan to do so again in March 2011. Friends and fellow musicians such as Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Hal Ketchum, Jamie O'Neal, Rodney Crowell, Mike Snider, Wade Hayes and others have lent their talents in the past. Proceeds from "The Stars Go Blue" will benefit Blue Not Fund.

    The Blue Note Fund will begin accepting applications from colon cancer patients seeking assistance this coming January. The CCA urges the general public to visit this location and donate to support colon cancer patients in need of financial assistance.

    Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 142,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year.

    Did you download "Less of an Ass?"

    —Amy Sciarretto

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