Nora Ephron dies of cancer; how Generation Y can get involved in the battle against cancer and help defeat it once and for all
Nora Ephron, the genius behind hit movies like “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and “Heartburn,” died Tuesday at the age of 71. She died of pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. AML is the most common type of acute leukemia in adults.
Ephron, a writer, producer, director and three-time Oscar nominee, was well-known for her movies that centered around smart, modern women who wanted a little romance and magic in their lives.
When it comes to cancer, we need to engage the youth of America in the fight against cancer and to teach people to find it, before it beats them, says Yael Cohen, founder of letsfcancer.com.
Watch Yael discuss how Generation Y is key to beating cancer once and for all below:
The goal of Cohen’s Fuck Cancer movement is “teaching people how to look for cancer, instead of just find it,” Cohen said. “And more so, it’s activating Gen Y to engage with their parents to engage with their parents in easy detection.”
Stars of some of Ephron’s films – like Billy Chrystal, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan - are lamenting the loss of the iconic filmmaker.
“She was a brilliant writer and humorist,” Chrystal said. Being her Harry to Meg’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.”
“Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why,” Hanks and wife Rita Wilson said in a statement to E! News. “At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life. Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her.”
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