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Health Happenings—Cancer Convention This Weekend, Farrah Fawcett Foundation Sets ‘Tex-Mex’ Fiesta Benefit

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 – 7:25 PM

Speakers, Lectures And Movies At This Weekend’s Cancer Convention

More than 40 speakers, lectures and movies will be part of the 45th Annual Cancer Convention, from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday-Monday, Sept. 2-4 at the Hilton Hotel, 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale. 

Sponsored and hosted by the Cancer Control Society, the weekend will feature recovered cancer patients sharing their stories and reports on the latest in prevention and cancer control through nutrition, tests and non-toxic therapies from medical doctors, clinical researchers and authors including Ed Griffin (World Without Cancer).

Cost is $50 per day. For more information, call 323-663-7801 or visit

Farrah Fawcett Foundation’s ‘Fiesta’ Benefits Stand Up To Cancer

The Farrah Fawcett Foundation (FFF) has announced that its “Tex-Mex Fiesta,” returns at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

The evening will honor Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and its Council of Founders and Advisors including Sherry Lansing, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela O. Williams, Ellen Ziffren, Katie Couric, Kathleen Lobb and Sung Poblete with The Angel Award for excellence in innovative cancer research.

Event co-chairs are actress Jaclyn Smith and Dr. Lawrence Piro.

Guests will enjoy a raffle led by George Hamilton and Fred Willard, a musical performance and a live auction.

El Cholo restaurant will cater the fiesta-style event, a theme inspired by the late Farrah Fawcett and her home state of Texas. The “Tex-Mex Fiesta” was first held in 2015, and raised more than $500,000.

Fawcett established the foundation in 2007 shortly after her own cancer diagnosis, with the goal of finding a cure by supporting cutting-edge research. Since Fawcett’s passing in 2009 from anal cancer, a type that is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in up to 90 percent of cases, the Foundation’s President/CEO Alana Stewart has fought to carry out Fawcett’s wishes.

In 2013, The FFF joined forces with Stand Up To Cancer to create the SU2C-FFF Translational Research Team, headed by Dr. Ellis Reinherz and Dr. Robert Haddad at Dana Farber in Boston. The team is now conducting a clinical trial with a therapeutic vaccine for patients with no other treatment options. The FFF is also committed to creating patient assistance funds, and supports prevention and awareness programs.

“We are thrilled to honor SU2C at our second ‘Tex-Mex Fiesta’ and to continue raising funds for cancer research in Farrah’s memory,” said Stewart. “Our partnership with SU2C has expedited treatment options for all HPV-related cancers. Farrah wanted to make a difference and this night will help further that goal.”

Tickets to “Tex-Mex Fiesta” start at $1,000. To purchase and for more information, email or call 818-245-6194.

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