It's a Personal Thing: When a Celebrity's Cause Hits Close to Home

These stars' own experiences led them to their charity projects (15 Photos)

Kimberly Potts on Feb 23, 2012 at 3:47PM

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It's a Personal Thing: When a Celebrity's Cause Hits Close to Home

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Katie Couric

The National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health
Newswoman Katie Couric didn't even get to enjoy a full decade of marriage to husband Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer in 1998 -- after the births of their two daughters, but one year, to the day, shy of their 10th wedding anniversary. Her way of dealing with the grief: involving herself in various cancer charities, which includes fundraising and, during her years as a Today show host, undergoing an on-air colonoscopy and mammogram. Couric also helped found the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Medical College of Cornell University, which provides the latest care, prevention and education for people who have or are at risk for developing gastrointestinal cancers.

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