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Shelbyville Boy Battling Cancer to Lead City's Christmas Parade

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by Emily Luxen           

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - A Shelbyville boy battling cancer is about to be the star of the city's annual Christmas parade.

For Mark Kelly Olson, 11, this isn't just an exciting opportunity, it is a chance to educate others about childhood cancer.  He will be the grand marshal, and ride on the first float in the parade.

"I am a little nervous about being in front of all those people," said Mark Kelly Olson.  "It's going to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life."

The theme of the annual parade is "Christmas Through a Child's Eyes," and Mark Kelly's float will have the theme "Christmas Through a Child's Eyes Who Has Cancer."

Family members and friends have worked for the past four weeks to get the float ready.  It is not only covered in Christmas decor, but features photos of area kids battling cancer. 

"We just want people to know kids get cancer too, and we all need to work together toward finding a cure," said Rosie Olson, Mark Kelly's Mother.

The annual parade is sponsored by the Shelbyville Jaycees and Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce.  Organizers said they are honored to have Mark Kelly involved.

"When he found out, he was so excited he ran through the house saying  ‘oh my goodness, oh my goodness!,'" said Brittany Burton, Jaycees President and Co-Chairman of the Christmas parade.  "This is a huge deal not only for Shelbyville,  but for childhood cancer."

The parade will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Lane Parkway and Cannon Boulevard.  It will end at the Walking Horse Celebration.  Prizes will be given to the top floats.

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