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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson on the Red Carpet at the Women’s Cancer Research Fund

By New You Editorial
Posted On Feb 17, 2017
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson on the Red Carpet at the Women’s Cancer Research Fund

 

As co-chairs of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, the loveable Tom Hanks and the gracious Rita Wilson shone bright on the red carpet at the WCRF’s “An Unforgettable Evening” along with other Hollywood elite. “They started this all 20 years ago, they were hoping to make $100,000 at that first event, they raised over a million dollars,” Tom describes of the history of the organization. “We’ve raised over 70 million dollars total,” chimed in Rita. When asked of her connection to the cause, Rita had a personal story to share, “I think it was because my aunt had breast cancer and I realized that there weren’t any families that weren’t untouched by the disease, and not only breast cancer but women’s cancer – uterine, cervical, ovarian – and over the years unfortunately, more of my friends have been diagnosed. I was diagnosed in 2015 so I feel that we still have a long way to go until we raise more money and find a cure. That’s what it’s all about, finding a cure.” She also had a positive outlook on what she sees for the future of the disease, “I think that breast cancer will be more identifiable and the type of cancer that it is and the type of treatment because everything is so specific. You may have something that somebody else may not have but it’s still called breast cancer, so being able to specify the best possible treatment for a specific type of cancer is on the horizon.” Standing proud next to his wife, Tom gushed over Rita, “She’s the bravest woman I know. I saw her face everything with almost no complaint. The only time she really complained is when her back ached and she didn’t get to sleep when she wanted to. It’s amazing to sit back and watch someone that you love very dearly and as beautiful as she is, just take it on. It’s about as serious as it gets and the work simply has to be done. To sit there and bring her soup made me respect her even more and I love her.”