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Michael Douglas Gives Back to Montreal Hospital

Oscar-winning actor pays it forward for charity.

By: Sarah Bauder
Published: April 20th, 2011 in Culture » Society » News
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As a token of gratitude to the McGill University-affiliated Jewish General Hospital that first detected the cancerous tumor others had missed, Michael Douglas will headline for McGill University's annual Head and Neck Cancer Fundraiser on May 3rd.

Physicians at Jewish General found a walnut-sized malignant tumor in Douglas’ throat, mere weeks after American physicians had proclaimed him healthy.

After undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments in the U.S., the 66-year-old actor says he is cancer-free.

As a show of appreciation, Douglas will mingle with guests at the $375 plate-per-person dinner in Le Windsor in downtown Montreal. For those willing to dig a bit deeper, a $750 VIP ticket allows more face time with the actor at a private cocktail party.

"We were very appreciative of his kind support it was a gracious personal offer and certainly reflected his own inner personality and willingness to help battle head and neck cancer," stated Dr. Saul Frenkiel, co-chair of the annual fundraiser, and a head and neck surgeon, or otolaryngologist.

"Certainly, Michael Douglas helps to bring to the attention of the public the need to do important research in the head and neck cancer field," Frenkiel went on the say.

To further sweeten the deal, Douglas has offered a round of golf with himself and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones near their vacation home in the Mont-Tremblant region as one of the fundraiser’s auction items.

Douglas won an Academy Award for his performance in Wall Street in 1987. He will begin shooting Liberace later this spring.

Related articles: Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, McGill University, Montreal, Cancer, Jewish General Hospital
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