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Comedy actor Will Ferrell is to host a live fundraising auction for a charity founded by a friend who survived cancer.

The 41-year-old star will host the auction during the 15th Annual Cancer for College Golf Classic, an event that also includes a golf tournament, banquet and after-party. Cancer For College – an organization which helps cancer survivors seeking college education – was established by Chris Pollard, Ferrell’s frat brother at USC, in 1993 after a life-threatening infection and two long battles with Hodgkin’s lymphoma caused him to lose both his feet below the ankles.

“A lot of the credit for our growth has to go to Will Ferrell and his wife, Viveca Paulin,” said Pollard. “They bring an instant awareness to the charity that we probably couldn’t have achieved on our own. In life, people can choose to be charitable with their time or their money. Will and Viveca have been extremely generous to Cancer for College with both.”

Ferrell has been a supporter of the charity since 2006, and has called it one of the “purest” charities he has ever seen. In 2007 he auctioned a movie role in Step Brothers to benefit the charity, which raised $47,000

“Will is one of the most down-to-earth celebrities you will ever meet,” said Pollard. “He really goes out of his way to make sure everyone from the participants to the scholarship recipients and their families have a memorable day.”

The event takes place on September 19, and more information can be found at the Cancer for College website.

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