General Hospital Fantasy Events held an event in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Helium Comedy Club with proceeds benefiting Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Celebrity Ambassador William deVry (Julian) attended along with his General Hospital costars Tamara Braun (Kim), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Eden McCoy (Josslyn) and Wes Ramsey (Peter).
Sally Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation was founded by Adriana Way sister of Sandy Rollman and Sandy’s nurse Robin Cohen in memory of Sandy, who passed away in May, 2000 from advanced ovarian cancer. The organization’s mission is “To fight for those who are fighting, speak for those who have fallen silent and provide for those who are working towards the end of ovarian cancer and their vision is a world without ovarian cancer. It is in Sandy’s memory and the memory of all women who have succumbed to this insidious disease, that we have dedicated our efforts to help conquer ovarian cancer. Sandy Rollman was a fighter in the truest sense of the word. It would have been a mistake for us to just give up.”(Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation)
To that end, the Sally Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation works tirelessly to get funding for ovarian cancer research. Part of that involves organizing events. GH Fantasy Events is responsible for numerous chances for fans of ABC’s General Hospital to meet their favorite actors from the long running daytime drama.
On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation Celebrity Ambassador William deVry (Julian) appeared at Helium Comedy Club located at 2035 Sansom Street in Philadelphia, PA along with his General Hospital costars Tamara Braun (Kim), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Eden McCoy (Josslyn) and Wes Ramsey (Peter). The event provided an opportunity for fans to meet and greet with the actors, have photos taken, obtain autographs, a Q&A session and a raffle.
During the Q&A, the actors answered a variety of questions.
I asked the question why taking part in the event meant so much to them.
The General Hospital actors all agreed in addition to meeting the fans who enjoy their work on the long running ABC daytime drama, it was important for them to help raise awareness for ovarian cancer research. Eden McCoy said as a woman she knows how vital it is educating yourself, adding “ovarian cancer doesn’t discriminate between rich and poor, young and old or famous and non-famous.”
A few fans shared why ovarian cancer education was crucial as one fan’s mother passed from the disease and another survivor didn’t even have a history of it in her family. Robin Cohen stressed not waiting until being diagnosed with ovarian cancer to discuss your family’s medical history with them.
William deVry urged to not only use social media to spread the world but if possible survivors should go on their local news shows to help further foster ovarian cancer awareness.
What famous actor have the actors been starstruck in meeting? For Tamara Braun, it was Morgan Freeman. And when Donnell Turner was starting out in the business, he met Mr. T.
On why they prefer working in daytime vs. prime time, Wes Ramsey (Peter) had this to say:
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Photos Courtesy of Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation