Musicians and Las Vegas entertainers help Criss Angel raise money for pediatric cancer research
Last week, on Sept. 12, some big names in rock ’n’ roll along with notables from the Las Vegas Strip took the stage at the Criss Angel HELP (Heal Every Life Possible) fundraiser for pediatric-cancer research. Terry Fator brought his puppet, the Blue Man Group brought their paint and Dee Snider brought his powerful rendition of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Jerry Lewis, the comedian who founded and hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon for 44 years was also there to lend his support.
“The National Cancer Institute’s budget for 2015 was almost 5 billion dollars and of that less than 3 percent was allocated to all 12 major groups of pediatric cancer combined. We’ve got to change this alarming statistic and have more dollars focused on our kids with pediatric cancer,” said actor Gary Oldman.
According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 14. Accidents are first. Criss’ own son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 at the age of 20 months.
The mission of the Johnny Crisstopher Children's Charitable Foundation is to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and provide funds for research, treatment, and, ultimately, a cure. According to the foundation, since its inception in 2008, Angel has funded its operations out of his own pocket which, they say, means that 100 percent of all donations go directly to the cause.
To learn more about the foundation or to make a donation, go to ChrissAngelHelp.com.