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Join Jean Smart in walk against brain cancer

Emmy Award winning actress Jean Smart will take part in the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk, Saturday, June 26. - Photo courtesy of Jean Smart
Emmy Award winning actress Jean Smart will take part in the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk, Saturday, June 26.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Jean Smart
Most people know Jean Smart as the Emmy Award winning actress, star of “Samantha Who?” “24," and “Frasier,” as well as numerous film and stage productions. But she is also the sister of Georgia Smart, a young woman who died last year of Glioblastoma, a particularly deadly form of brain cancer. Smart is not alone in feeling the agony of watching a loved one die of a disease for which there is no cure. In Sammamish, Dellann Elliott, after watching her husband die of Glioblastoma in 2002, formed the Chris Elliott Fund for Glioblastoma Brain Cancer Research (CEF). In just a few years CEF has grown to become one of the most critical support agencies in the country, driving new and innovative research into the disease. Last year, Smart teamed up with CEF as a way to honor her sister, lending her undoubted star power to the cause of raising funds for, and awareness of, the battle against Glioblastoma. “This disease needs to come out of the shadows and into the light, and I am going to make sure I am doing my part to build awareness for brain cancer and honor my sister and her legacy,” Smart said. The internationally renowned actress will say a few words to honor her sister Saturday, June 26, at the 3rd Annual Brain Cancer Walk at the Seattle Center. Thousands of walkers will pay their respects to the more than 22,000 Americans who die of brain cancer each year, and raise vital funds for research, clinical trials and comprehensive care for brain cancer patients in the Pacific Northwest. The Chris Elliott Fund invites you to join Jean Smart and the rest of the CEF crew at the walk on June 26 - a great expression of community, of healthy living, as well as a vital step toward overcoming one of the great medical challenges of our age. If you would like to participate in the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk, visit events.abc2.org/goto/chriselliottfund, e-mail info@chriselliottfund.org., or call 425.642.8364.
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