SPRINGFIELD – Springfield City Councilor and Candidate for State Senate Melvin A. Edwards is recovering at Baystate Medical Center today from an injury sustained during the Path to Manhood Charity Basketball Game yesterday where he played alongside Senator Scott Brown, U.S. Rep Richard Neal, State Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and other elected officials and community activists.

During the pre-game warm-ups Edwards slipped on water on the court while taking a pass. He snapped the tendons in both knees.

Edwards will undergo surgery at Baystate Medical Center today for the injury, and is expected to spend the next several days recovering. He will be confined to a wheel chair for several weeks following his release from the hospital, doctors said.

"Councilor Edwards is recovering at Baystate this week" said Jesse L. Lederman, Press Secretary for the Edwards Campaign "However, our campaign will continue on as before. We will continue to spread Melvin’s message of true representation for Western Massachusetts across the district."

"Melvin will participate in all scheduled debates" continued Lederman "and will be represented by his campaign at other events. Our campaign stops, fundraisers, and meetings will continue and more will continue to be announced."

From Baystate, Councilor Edwards said he is still excited about the campaign and praised his campaign team.

"We will continue. As soon as I am able I will leave this hospital bed and continue my meetings, even if I have to do it in a wheelchair. My message will continue to be spread by my fantastic campaign team. I have been proud of my team from the beginning and I could not be prouder of them now" said Edwards.

Paul Martin, Campaign Manager for the Edwards team was similarly upbeat.

"We aren’t stopping. We aren’t even slowing down. This campaign is too important to the people of Western Massachusetts. We will win on September 6

th." Said Martin.

The campaign has announced a Volunteer Rally to take place at their Campaign Headquarters at 361 Boston Road this coming Friday, August 17

th. The event is to begin at 5:30 PM and the Press is invited.

"Anyone and everyone is welcome at this event" said Lederman "This is an opportunity for volunteers to come together and for new volunteers to be introduced. We need to energize the people of this district and get them out to vote on September 6


Lederman added that the campaign is always accepting more volunteers, especially in this time.

"Melvin has a very full schedule of events and devoted much of his own time to canvassing. We need more volunteers to take on what he can no longer do." said Lederman.

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