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Three Celebrities Take on Trump for Special-Needs Causes

By March 9, 2009

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Last year at this time, we were following the progress of Trace Adkins, country singer and father of a child with food allergies, through the ranks of The Celebrity Apprentice, the show that gives Donald Trump a chance to chew out famous-ish people. Adkins got all the way to the finals in his attempt to win some money for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, but lost in the end.

This time around, three celebrities are playing for the benefit of charities helping children with special needs. Which one will you be rooting for?

Country singer Clint Black, playing for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. From his Celebrity Apprentice page: "In 2003, Clint lost his 16-year old niece to Rett syndrome, a devastating neuro-developmental disorder. Clint is grateful for the opportunity to be working for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, which funds research for treatment of the disease. Clint hopes that fundraising efforts may help find a cure for the disease that took his niece's life."

R&B singer and TLC member Tionne Watkins, playing for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. From her Celebrity Apprentice page: "Tionne is a national spokeswoman for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. Screened as a child by the organization, Tionne was herself diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. She was not expected to live past her twenties. Tionne has survived, but must battle the disease every day of her life. The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia's mission is to provide education, screening, and counseling to sickle cell patients such as Tionne."

TV host and celebrity spawn Melissa Rivers, playing for the Lili Claire Foundation. From her Celebrity Apprentice page: "Melissa cares deeply about the Lili Claire Foundation, which helps children living with neurogenetic conditions, while providing hope and resources to their families. Every year more than 20,000 children are born with neurogenetic conditions such as Williams syndrome, Down syndrome and autism. The Lili Claire Foundation assists children with these and similar conditions to live successfully, and supports their families with valuable resources to educate and manage the challenges they encounter."

If you've been watching the show, share your thoughts about these candidates in the comments. Then check the chatter on other reality shows in the forum.

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