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Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres reran her Ellen for the Cure Campaign this year during the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from her variety talk show platform.

To kick off the Campaign, she filled the studio audience of the television show, Ellen, with breast cancer survivors and their families, and throughout the month she brought in guests stars to either talk about their own cancer battles or to sit in her dunk tank to help raise money for the cause.

Neil Patrick Harris was one of the dunked. Strongly affected by the death of his partner’s mother, Harris wanted to somehow contribute to fighting the disease. “It took her out really quickly, in just four and a half weeks,” Harris said. “To watch someone go through that [cancer], it’s so bizarre to see how many terrible steps there are in that process. It’s been a really sad time.”

His contribution, as well as those from private and corporate fans of the Ellen show, helped to raise over a half million dollars, which will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a cancer research charity.

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