Breast cancer survivor sets up foundation

WHO: Christina Applegate is an Emmy-winning and multiple Emmy/Golden Globe-nominated film and television actress. She has starred in numerous stage productions, including the 2005 Broadway revival of the musical “Sweet Charity.”

WHAT: Right Action for Women, Applegate’s foundation, aims to provide aid to individuals who are at increased risk for breast cancer and do not have insurance or the financial flexibility to cover the high costs associated with breast screenings. The actress hopes to officially launch the Right Action for Women in October.

WHY: Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2008. In July 2008, she underwent a bilateral mastectomy. As a daughter of a breast cancer survivor, Applegate had long been diligent about having regular mammograms. A doctor-recommended MRI provided Applegate with early detection. “Where I had my MRIs done, I learned that a lot of women opted not to do it because of the expense,” Applegate says. “A lot of insurance companies won’t pay for it, and it’s incredibly expensive without insurance. I had the idea of starting a foundation where we pay for different kinds of screenings — the MRIs, but also anything else that’s early detection.”

WHAT’S NEXT: In addition to the October launch, Applegate will develop education sections for the website and continue to look to already-existing foundations for guidance. “Millions are being raised every year for cancer research,” Applegate says. “Our ultimate goal is to not have to deal with cancer ever again; these are the things we all want.”

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