With her leonine mane and charismatic beauty, Farrah Fawcett quickly became a superstar in the ‘70s detective series Charlie’s Angels. The actress also took on courageous film projects such as The Apostle, Extremities and The Burning Bed, for which she was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Emmy Award.
In 2006, at age 59, Farrah Fawcett stepped into her most challenging role — that of cancer patient, advocate and educator. She was diagnosed with anal cancer and underwent successful treatment; but the disease returned and spread to her liver.
Fighting cancer with a level of heroism only hinted at in her television roles, she pursued alternative treatments and shared her experience in an inspiring, Emmy-nominated television documentary, Farrah’s Story, which was watched by 15 million viewers.
Before her death in 2009 at the age of 62, Farrah Fawcett created a foundation that continues her mission to advance cancer research, prevention and public education. Her foundation also helps patients in financial need meet their expenses so they can focus on healing. The foundation has made grants to cancer centers across the U.S. to establish The Farrah Fawcett Fund for Patient Assistance.
“Farrah not only wanted to help further research,” says Alana Stewart, foundation president and close friend of Farrah, “she also wanted to help people struggling with cancer in the present.”
Millions of patients and fans have come to know Farrah Fawcett as a real-life heroine.