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Celebrity Charity Basketball Tournament

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Tip off at 12:00 p.m., (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Thank you for your interest in the Ray Martin Celebrity Charity Basketball Tournament!

My parents, Ray and Carol (best known as “Peachie”) Martin, tried for years to have children, but could not. The doctors told my mother that her body was too weak. My Mom was barely 5 foot tall and weighed 105 pounds, but she had the heart of a giant. Finally, at the age of 39, she became pregnant with me. When I was born, I was premature and very sick; the doctors told my father that they were not sure if my mother and I were going to live. Somehow we did.

When I was growing up my mother decided to open her own cleaning business. She would go door to door to solicit her business. She would not put flyers in the mailbox, but rather made sure she introduced herself to her prospective clients. She started with one customer and by the time she had passed away she had more than 50 loyal customers. She was determined, strong and persistent. She never laughed at me when I told her I wanted to be an actor; instead somehow she got me hooked up with a real New York agent and even got to see me in a few movies before she got sick.

She was the happiest I had ever seen her until she started to complain about back pain. She thought the pain was from carrying the vacuum up and down the stairs for all those years, or maybe a kidney stone. We went to the emergency room and the doctors ran several tests, determining she had tumors on her colon. The doctors told us she had colon cancer for 12 years and that if she would have just taken the time to see a doctor they would have found it earlier. My mother said she never had the time; she was too busy working because all she ever wanted was to give me a life she never had. The doctors gave her three months to live, but she only lasted one.

When she passed away I moved back home from NY to be with my father. He told me something I never knew; when I was born the doctors didn’t know if I was going to live. My mother prayed and asked God to let me live and he could take her when I turned 21. She found out she had cancer two weeks after my 21st birthday.

My mother was my best friend. She taught me that there is nothing in life that cannot be yours. If you want something bad enough, you go out and get it. I decided to host the Ray Martin Celebrity Charity Basketball Game in her memory and to raise as much money possible for Fox Chase Cancer Center so hopefully some day a child does not have to lose his hero.

Join us on Saturday, February 22nd for the best game in town, and watch as some of your favorite local celebrities face-off on the court. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Thank you again for your interest and we look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Ray Martin





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