There are dozens of charitable organizations dedicated to cancer research and finding a cure for the too-widespread disease, but for The CW’s Arrow star Stephen Amell, it was a bit fated that he team up with F*ck Cancer, a movement designed to target the younger audience to fight back.
“I took a photo with my mom, just doing the middle finger to the camera, and my buddy Brett, who was organizing this event or at least the venue tonight, he saw the photo, and he connected me with Julie…and the next thing we knew, we were here,” Amell said to LA TV Insider Examiner on the red carpet of last night’s F*ck Cancer party in Los Angeles.
Amell’s mother has beaten breast cancer– twice (Obviously, he’s not the only superhero in that family!). So his involvement seemed to not only be a perfect fit demographic wise but also because of his personal connection to the cause.
Designed to have fun while raising money for a good cause, F*ck Cancer holds parties all across Canada and now the U.S. Hosted at Avalon here in L.A. last year and Bootsy Bellows this year, the event brought Amell and his family (8 Amells!) and famous friends (among the guest list was his cousin and new Tomorrow People star Robbie Amell, Nikita‘s Shane West, Mean Girls‘ Jonathan Bennett, Chuck’s Zachary Levi, and Topher Grace, to name a few) to drink and dance with their fans and regular clubs kids alike. It is the specific mission of F*ck Cancer to create an atmosphere that is so fun and interactive.
“The nightclub atmosphere is perfectly aligned with our target demographic and has allowed us to accomplish this goal,” Creator and Co-Founder of F*ck Cancer, Julie Greenbaum, said.
“What I really want them to take away is that no one goes through this alone. Yes, there’s good music and strong drinks and [in this case, birthday cake]. It’s about people coming together to fight cancer.”
But one of the key things for the organization is to raise awareness of what they do, in addition to raising money for the cancers they are trying to fight, and naturally, having celebrity involvement helps with that.
“[Stephen’s] presence will add a tremendous amount of help to the cause; it has allowed our charity to create quite a bit of buzz. As well, his public support has pushed many people to buy tickets to attend our upcoming Los Angeles event. He is a very talented actor who has a great following but more importantly he is a very down to earth guy that has really gone above and beyond to help ensure the success of the event. I truly appreciate his involvement,” Greenbaum said.
At Bootsy Bellows, where the proceeds were going to UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Amell mingled with press and fans alike, posing for photos with all who asked and signing autographs, as well. He was the recipient of the aforementioned special (belated) birthday cake and said a few words about what the support of everyone in the crowd meant to him. He was the perfect host, but the one thing he didn’t get to do was a live salmon ladder demonstration.
“Maybe next year,” Amell smiled. “Bigger venue; bigger event; let’s make it happen!”
Though the event in Los Angeles was a one-night only extravaganza, there are things Arrow fans (or general supporters of the cause) can do continuously to spread the word. Tee-shirts and glasses are available for sale year-round on F*ck Cancer’s website, with proceeds going to cancer research. Each color represents a different kind of cancer, and new colors are getting added all of the time.
“Nobody wore a color randomly. You had one for your family, right? Everybody did. I was having dinner with my friends before hand, and everybody picked a color because it was an uncle or it was an aunt or a dad or a mother or a sister or a brother; everyone has had something. You pick a shirt; you wear it; you toast the person that you’re thinking of,” Amell said.
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