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Injured jockey Douglas reaches out to fans
By Mike Spellman | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 7/1/2009 12:00 AM

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Jockey Rene Douglas, who was seriously injured during an on-track incident at Arlington Park in late May, issued his first public statement to friends and fans on Tuesday. On his Facebook page, he wrote:

"I want to thank you for all your support, your prayers and all your messages. I've been trying to read all of your posts and little by little I will catch up.

"I've been trying to start therapy but I've had a few issues with my lungs and that has prevented me from starting rehab in full. I'm getting stronger every day with the help of my family and friends and I will give my best once I go back to rehab.

"The road ahead of me will be long and hard but I'm ready to face it and to do the best I can to complete it and to achieve the best results possible.

"I would love to thank each one of you personally but if I did that I wouldn't have enough time to do therapy. Just know that I appreciate it and that your support inspires me everyday to continue and to give my all."

With Love,

Rene Douglas

•Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale will serve as the host course for a fund raiser for Douglas on July 20. For more information, contact Allyson Campbell at (847) 404-0645.

•To send donations, please make them payable to: Rene Douglas and mail to Citibank, 539 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Il. 60611