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On Angel’s Wings Alana Stewart Carries On After Caregiving for Farrah Fawcett

Posted by Levine Communications Office on August 8, 2012

Some friendships last a lifetime.  In celebration of National Friendship Day (August 5) I profile Alana Hamilton Stewart and the late Farrah Fawcett – a friendship that continues even though Alana lost her dear friend of more than 30 years in 2009.  One of the things that Alana promised Farrah is that she would carry out her wishes to create a foundation to help those families facing cancer.  Today, Alana is president of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring non-traditional methods of cancer research and clinical trials, such as gene therapy and targeted therapy.  If Farrah could not find the cure in her lifetime, she wanted to ensure the foundation created in her name would do it for others after she was gone – and Alana is the keeper of that flame.

One of the foundation’s current fundraising efforts is the recently announced vintage Farrah t-shirt that Urban Outfitters is selling.  The t-shirt features the iconic Farrah red bathing suit shot from the 1970s – a photograph that Farrah spent years fighting to get to the rights to.  A portion of the sales proceeds of the T-shirt will benefit the foundation.

It is fitting that one of the first fund-raising partnerships for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation is based on something Farrah fought so hard for in the same way she fought the anal cancer that ultimately took her life.  Alana wrote about her caregiving journey for the last three years of Farrah’s life in her book My Journey with Farrah and she will also include their years of friendship in her book to be published later this year, Rearview Mirror.

There were many things that went into making Alana Stewart and Farrah Fawcett best friends.  They were both Texans, blonde beauties in Hollywood, married to famous men, moms who lovingly suffered through their children’s drug struggles and great cooks.   But, perhaps the most important thing about their story is that at the core they had each other’s backs.

Continue reading at www.caregivingclub.com

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