To Help Cancer Survivors, All You Need is Golf, Sunscreen, and Will Ferrell To Help Cancer Survivors, All You Need is Golf, Sunscreen, and Will Ferrell
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To Help Cancer Survivors, All You Need is Golf, Sunscreen, and Will Ferrell

by Amara Holstein

May 18, 2011

From a clueless anchorman to a giant Christmas elf to George W. Bush, Will Ferrell can pretty much make any part funny. He also has a huge heart and is a big part of nonprofit Cancer for College’s success in giving college scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees. He hosts golf event fundraisers, puts his name and face on sunscreen, attends all of the organization’s events, and even goes into hospital wards to meet the kids battling cancer. “I’ve never seen so many kids with IVs laughing, quoting Elf, and kicking up their feet in happiness,” says Craig Pollard, founder of Cancer for College. “He makes a difference just by showing up.” Last year, CFC raised $225,000 at a golf tournament Ferrell hosted, with all proceeds going back to the kids. So how exactly did this Hollywood funnyman become the celebrity face of CFC?

Craig Pollard (with future wife Stacy) and Will Ferrell during their college days

Pollard and  Ferrell with Samuel Miller, CFC scholarship recipient

G: Do you find that humor is appreciated by these kids?
WF: I’m always touched and slightly amazed when a kid tells me they watched Anchorman ninety-seven times while going through chemo. There was a scholarship recipient a few years back up in Seattle named Will Farrell. I went up and surprised him and attempted to steal his scholarship. Helping these kids and their families laugh and smile through the difficulties that come with cancer treatment is the very least we can do.


 

 


 

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