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Farrah Fawcett Foundation Hosting Dallas Cancer Research Event

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Alana Stewart, CEO of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation | Image by Farrah Fawcett Foundation

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The Farrah Fawcett Foundation is hosting a charity dinner in Dallas on Thursday to support cancer research and people fighting against the disease.

At The Rustic on October 20, the “Tex-Mex Fiesta!” event will feature a performance by Sheryl Crow and will be chaired by Jaclyn Smith and Alana Stewart.

Ticket packages range from $500 to $100,000, and the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and Stand Up to Cancer.

The Farrah Fawcett Foundation was started in 2007 after the actress was diagnosed with cancer the previous year. For two years, Fawcett led the organization until her passing in 2009.

The organization specifically funds HPV-related cancer research and provides various services to people struggling with the disease.

The foundation’s website states, “Farrah wanted to help further cutting-edge research and was particularly interested in alternative practices. She often wondered why there was not more research done with this type of cancer and hoped to be able to contribute to this less known area of the disease.”

Stewart, who serves as president of the foundation, recalled, “When we were in Germany and Farrah was getting treatment there she said … that she was almost glad she got cancer because now she could make a difference.”

Previous recipients of grants from the Farrah Fawcett Foundation include UCLA Medical, MD Anderson, St. Jude’s, Brown University, and Duke University.

The foundation also teamed up with Stand Up to Cancer last year to support a research team currently conducting clinical trials at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

In addition to research, the foundation also helps people undergoing cancer treatment with financial assistance. Seven different cancer centers across the county receive funds from the group to defray costs for cancer patients.

One of the participating medical facilities, the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, stated, “With the support of the Farrah Fawcett Fund for Patient Assistance, our patients receive financial assistance to help reduce their financial burden, allowing them to focus on their cancer care and recovery.”

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