Larger than life comedian Will Ferrell isn’t just looking for a laugh – this time he’s using his humor to help a longtime friend and fraternity brother.
Chris Pollard, Will’s frat brother at USC, is a two-time survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and philanthropist. After a life-threatening infection caused him to lose both his feet below the ankles, Chris was inspired to help other cancer survivors. He started Cancer for College, an organization which helps cancer survivors seeking college education, as part of a senior project for USC business school in 2006.
Will has been involved with the charity since its inception, calling it "one of the purest charities he as ever seen."
"A lot of the credit for our growth has to go to Will Ferrell and his wife, Viveca Paulin," says Chris. "They bring an instant awareness to the charity that we probably couldn’t have achieved on our own. In life, people can choose to be charitable with their time or their money. Will and Viveca have been extremely generous to Cancer for College with both."
On Sept., Will and his wife will host a live auction during the 15th Annual Cancer for College Golf Classic, which also includes a golf tournament, banquet and after-party. The event is also sponsored by FedEx and Golf magazine.
"Will is one of the most down-to-earth celebrities you will ever meet," Chris says of his old friend. "He really goes out of his way to make sure everyone from the participants to the scholarship recipients and their families have a memorable day."