Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Duck Derby!

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Nashville-based non-profit Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program is pleased to announce that Riley Bria from this season of American Idol will perform live and meet with fans at Chemo Duck’s 3rd Annual Duck Derby, taking place at Nashville Shores (4001 Bell Road in Hermitage, TN) on Saturday, August 1st. The popular family-friendly event will benefit kids living with cancer. 

Discount tickets to the event at Nashville Shores are available for $19.99 (plus tax) (promotional code: DUCK). For a donation of $5, supporters can purchase one of 2,500 rubber ducks that will be dropped into Nashville Shores’ lazy river. A Grand Prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the donor whose rubber duck is the first to cross the finish line. Additionally, a donation of 24 Chemo Ducks will be made to the hospital of the winner’s choice. Winners do not need to be present to win, and all proceeds from the event will be used to place more Chemo Ducks into the hands of young cancer patients waiting for a duck of their own.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and the Duck Derby will take place at 3 p.m. Eighteen year-old Spring Hill resident Riley Bria, who has shared the stage with artists like Keith Urban and made the Top 10 for the guys on the just-completed season of American Idol, will be on hand to perform and meet with fans. Additional games and activities for the entire family will take place throughout the day including a duck scavenger hunt and a duck face contest. Door prizes will also be available.

“We are so excited to have Riley joining us at Nashville Shores for the 3rd Annual Duck Derby,” said Lu Sipos, founder of Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program. “Nashville continues to embrace Chemo Duck allowing us to provide huggable hope to children living with cancer!” 

Chemo Duck’s 3rd Annual Duck Derby is sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance Company, with additional sponsorship by B.L. Harbert, Williamson Pediatric Dentistry, StoneTree Mulch, Gravel & More, Crain Construction and Nashville Publicity Group.

Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program is a program of the Nashville-based nonprofit organization, Gabe’s My Heart, which was established in 2004 to provide education and comfort to children living with cancer through medical play using therapeutic tools. The goal of the program is to enable hospital staff and parents to prepare children for chemotherapy treatment and eliminate the fear of the unknown. Chemo Duck is a stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs with a bandana around its head, a chemotherapy port on its chest and an immobilizer on his arm. In a gentle, age-appropriate manner, children learn what to expect during cancer treatment and have a friend to share the experience. In turn, children can use Chemo Duck to help friends, siblings and classmates to understand and empathize with their experience. For more information, visit

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