Writing a book started as a way to help Hillary Fogelson get through the ordeal of being diagnosed with skin cancer.
Now that she’s a three-time melanoma survivor, Fogelson has become one of showbiz’s loudest advocates for skin cancer research and the need for proper skin care. The memoir “Pale Girl Speaks: A Year Uncovered” hits bookstores this week, and Fogelson, who is married to Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson, is hitting the book-signing promo trail in Hollywood on Wednesday to spread her skin-care message to those who live in the land of eternal sunshine (and beyond).
“It’s meant for people that have a personal connection to melanoma, so that they can learn from it and understand how important it is to have proper skin care,” she says.
Fogelson raised her profile in cancer advocacy circles in May when she spearheaded the Miles for Melanoma Run/Walk at Universal Studios through her Pale Girl Speaks Foundation and the Melanoma Research Foundation.
Penning the book was a 10-year journey for Fogelson, who also has an active Pale Girl Speaks website offering news, info and advice on preventing melanoma. She’s relieved to finally have the book finished in order to share with two readers in particular — her young daughters Willa and Harper. The girls are already following in mom’s footsteps by being attentive to proper skin care.
“My girls are thrilled that the book is finally coming out because they are in the last chapter I held off on writing,” she says. “Funny thing is, they have become my little advocates in spreading the word. I caught one them giving a school friend grief when they didn’t put on suntan lotion the right way, which makes me quite proud.”