Although “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Posey has been involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for just a few months now, the multitalent (who augments his screen career playing lead guitar for rockers Lost in Kostko) stresses that the connection was both immediate and heartfelt.
“I initially declined Variety’s request to be a part of this Power of Youth, as I wasn’t involved in a cause, and I didn’t want to become part of some charity just for the sake of it,” Posey admits. “But then the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society approached me, and this was special for me as it mainly focuses on blood cancers — and my family has suffered a lot from cancer — and is largely based on volunteer work, which I think is awesome.”
Posey, who also appeared in the early-summer satire “Scary Movie 5,” reports that his aunt died two years ago from breast cancer, and that his mother has recently battled the same disease and another form of cancer. Fortunately, he adds, “She had various surgeries and she’s doing great now, so joining the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is very personal for me, and it makes my mom feel very happy that I’m now a part of it.”
He also stresses the org’s strong research program: “Not only do they deal with blood cancers, but their research has developed into treating other cancers. They’ve raised millions of dollars and invested hundreds of millions into their research, and I feel it’s time they were better known. Whatever I can do to help by being in the spotlight is great.”
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