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Chubby Checker Adds 'Twist' to 10,000 Strong at Ninth Annual Walk to Cure Cancer for UMass Memorial Cancer Center at the UMass Medical School
Date:9/24/2007

WORCESTER, Mass., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Legendary rock and roll artist Chubby Checker, who lost mother to colon cancer in 2003, and the entertainer who introduced the world to the "Twist," in 1959, provided the 10,000 participants in this year's Walk to Cure Cancer with a dose of the oldies and an autograph session (as shown in photos) as a reward for raising almost one million dollars Sunday.

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Since the "Twist," Checker created such popular moves as "The Fly" and "The Pony," which today is known as "Hip Hop." For the past five decades, Checker has continued to make an impact on the music world and today is featured at #30 on the charts with his new CD, "Knock Down the Walls."

The Walk raised funds for cancer care at the UMass Memorial Cancer Center and cancer research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The walk has now raised more than $4 million to support cancer research at the Medical School and cancer care at UMass Memorial.


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