SurvivorNet community members know how important it is to have friends and loved ones reach out after a diagnosis. Even a few words of support can help survivors stay positive on their journeys.
Billy Baldwin, whose son, Vance, was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 — and is now cancer free — knows this well. And he now shares that among those who reached out to offer support was Cindy Crawford, the entrepreneur and former super model, who has had her own experience with cancer.Read More
Crawford’s brother, Jeff, died of leukemia when he was 3 years old. His passing now inspires her to advocate on behalf of survivors.
Many celebrities posted heartfelt responses, including former fellow ’80s supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Christie Brinkley, and actors Roma Downey and Rita Wilson.
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Flashback to the 80s!! Billy Baldwin… AKA “Cindy’s prop” working with photographer Charles Tracy on the beach in Hawaii for Filene’s Basement with the amazing Cindy Crawford. Cindy C… incredible mom, wife, businesswoman, heart of gold… and super cool.???? What a pouty poser I am!! ???? #ThrowbackThursday
But the touching response from Baldwin, whose been friends with Crawford since the ’80s, and who co-starred with her in 1995’s “Fair Game,” showed the depth of her concern, and how such support touches others:
“Cindy… I remember talking to you about the passing of your brother Jeff when we first met. I know that it had a profound impact on you and your entire family,” Baldwin wrote. “Thanks for being there for us when Vance was battling it last year. Your support meant the world to me. ♥️”
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A year ago today my son Vance was diagnosed with cancer… he was 16 years old. He kept it very quiet… we all did. He went through 28 rounds of chemo yet stayed VERY positive, focused and kept his life as normal as possible… every single day. Kid’s a tough son of a bitch. Sharp as a tack. Funny as hell. Tough as nails. Heart of gold. Courage, strength, bravery, attitude, warrior… never seen anything like it. Never been prouder. Love you son. ♥️ So much love & gratitude for how all his boys, teachers, coaches, parents… the whole SB community stepped up for him during this difficult time. Thanks gang… you know who you are… Vance, Chynna, Jameson, Brooke & I love you all. Your love, kindness & support definitely helped get him/ us through this difficult time. Thank you #drlawrencepiro… you are an amazing man!! #VBcrew #warhorse #fuckcancer
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Crawford’s post was connected to the Give Blood to Give Time campaign, a first-ever partnership between the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society. “So many cancer patients undergoing treatment, they need blood,” Crawford notes, adding, “being able to shine a light on these kind of causes is my way of remembering Jeff.
“I love this campaign so much,” Crawford told InStyle. “This is something simple that pretty much anyone can do. Let’s say a friend’s mother gets diagnosed with cancer, and you’re like, ‘What can I do?’ You can give blood.”
“My mother really showed me the way,” Crawford adds, explaining her lifelong support of cancer causes. “She allowed herself to grieve” Crawford says, then she organized a dance marathon to raise money for other families experiencing cancer. “That was very impactful to me because it showed me there’s something you can do with this grief, something that’s a good thing.”