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Jeffrey Buttle Takes Browning's Place in TV Special

Reigning World Champ Joins U.S. and Japan's SOI Tours

Reigning World champion, 2006 Olympic bronze medalist and three-time Canadian champion Jeffrey Buttle will replace Kurt Browning in the “Skating for Life benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Starring Sara Evans.” Browning’s father is currently battling breast cancer, which prompted Browning's decision to bow out of the show.

The live show is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill. It will be televised on NBC from 4-6 p.m. ET on Oct. 25. The event is being produced by Disson Skating and is presented locally by State Farm.

IMG has announced that Buttle will be joining the Stars on Ice tours in the United States and Japan. Buttle will be doing Stars on Ice Japan in January 2OO9 and over 20 SOI shows in the United States.

This year will make the first time that Buttle will be part of the cast that performs in the Stars on Ice premiere show in Lake Placid, NY on Nov. 29. The show will air on NBC in January.

On Sept. 10, with a World title to his credit, Buttle announced his retirement from competitive skating to pursue more innovative approaches to skating. However, he is retaining his eligible status and leaving the door open for a future return to Olympic sport.

The NBC "Skating For Life" show will feature accomplished country icon, Sara Evans. The figure skating cast includes 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen, Rudy Galindo, Jozef Sabovcik, Emily Hughes, Jennifer Robinson and Steven Cousins are among the cast.

Each skater has been affected by breast cancer personally through family members or close friends.

Breast cancer runs in Buttle’s family as his great aunt passed away from the disease, and he is looking forward to the opportunity to skate for this important cause.

Tickets for "Skate for Life Benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure®” are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations, or charge by phone at (309) 454-5500. Disson Skating will donate $5 per ticket to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of its quest to end breast cancer forever.

The foundation began in 1982 after Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.