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article imageAnne Hathaway hosts event to fight cancer, breaks down in tears

By Mike White     Oct 22, 2013 in Entertainment
Santa Monica - Actress Anne Hathaway broke down in tears at an event she held to raise funds to fight cancer, Elyse Walker’s 9th Annual Pink Party, a fashion show. She cried when she introduced a doctor who helped save the life of a friend with cancer.
According to ET, this was the first time the actress has attended the annual event. More than 800 people attended, including many celebrities, such as Usher, Rachel Zoe, Kate Beckinsale, Brooke Burke, Jessica Capshaw, Aimee Garcia, Michael Chiklis, the L.A. Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, Maria Bello, Francesca Eastwood, Brenda Song and Paz Verga.
The event raised $1.7 million to fight cancer. Funds will go to the Women’s Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.
Many of the celebrities in attendance had been personally touched by cancer. After watching the disease attack their loved ones, they were motivated to attend the event.
"Cancer is a plague, honestly it is," explained fashion stylist Rachel Zoe. "My family's been plagued with it. ... My sister's battling breast cancer right now; my mother had it."
The reported that the annual event was founded by Elyse Walker. The event was at Santa Monica Airport’s Hangar 8.
Hathaway praised Dr. Beth Y. Karlan, who helped save her friend's life and who is renowned in the treatment and diagnosis of women's cancer. She is also a friend of Elyse Walker.
"She helped a beloved friend of mine battle cancer recently," explained Hathaway, as she choked back tears. "You were more than just my friend’s doctor. You were a friend and an ally."
The annual event has raised more than $9 million total to help fight cancer. The clothing lines of designers Matthew Williamson, Barbara Bui, Kaufman Franco, Chloe, J. Mendel, Lanvin and Valentino were showcased. Prizes were auctioned, including a 2013 Porsche 911, two tickets to New York Fashion Week 2014 and a rental of an eight-bedroom home in Cabo San Lucas.
As the night ended with a DJ took the stage. Walker also spoke and encouraged those in attendance to join “the celebration of life.”
According to, the event was Saturday, October 19.
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