By Amber Goodhand
Radar Staff Reporter
Veteran Wall Street star Michael Douglas is swapping derivatives trading for cancer fundraising.
The 66-year-old actor is so thankful to the Montreal, Canada hospital that first diagnosed him with cancer that he has agreed to headline a fundraiser at the center next month.
Douglas was diagnosed with stage-four throat cancer last summer after doctors at the McGill University-affiliated Jewish General Hospital found a tumor on his tongue – which is now gone after extensive radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
The May 3 gala carries a $375 a-head price tag, but for $750, attendees can buy a VIP ticket that will grant them direct access to the Oscar-winning Basic Instinct actor and his pre-event cocktail party.
Guests will intermingle with Douglas, who will give a speech and sign autographs.
“That’s where he found out he had his cancer,” Douglas’ rep Allen Burry told the Toronto Star.
“He was happy to do it [the fundraiser].”
Although Douglas’ wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, recently spent five days in a mental health hospital to treat her Bipolar Disorder, she will be joining him at the event.
The A-list couple has put themselves up for auction, with the highest bidder winning a golf outing at Mont-Tremblant with Douglas and Zeta-Jones.
And it was Michael Douglas himself who reached out to the hospital in an effort to give back.
“We are 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,” Dr. Saul Frenkiel, co-chair of the fundraiser, said.
“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.”