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BLUES EMPLOYEES SIGN GREETING CARD TODAY FOR ADOPTED OLYMPIC ATHLETE

 BLUES EMPLOYEES SIGN GREETING CARD TODAY FOR ADOPTED OLYMPIC ATHLETE
 More than 2,000 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan employees, from Detroit to South Lyon, have signed a giant greeting card for light middleweight Olympic Boxer Chris Byrd of Flint to be presented upon his return from Badalona, Spain, next week.
 The employees began signing the card Wednesday, Aug. 5, and will continue today, Aug. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Blues' Metro Service Center lobby located at 27000 W. 11 Mile Road in Southfield.
 Byrd, who will receive at least a bronze medal in the Olympic Games, is one of five athletes adopted by Blues employees. The employees donated over $15,000 to the athletes which they raised through various fund-raising activities, including a Valentine's Day carnation sale.
 The employees plan to present Byrd with the card at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and invite him to visit Blues headquarters for a "welcome home" rally.
 The Blues, in conjunction with the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is one of the official health care sponsors of the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain.
 For news, CONTACT: Karen Martin of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, 313-225-8121.
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