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Noreen Fraser (1953 - 2017)

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Noreen Fraser (1953 - 2017)

Noreen Fraser, a television producer and cancer crusader who co-created the network TV special "Stand Up to Cancer," died Monday, March 27, 2017, of metastatic breast cancer, according to multiple news sources. She was 63.

Fraser became well-known for raising money to find new cures for cancer after she was diagnosed in 2001 with Stage IV breast cancer. Two years later, cancer had spread to her bones. She launched the Noreen Fraser Foundation in 2006 not only to fight cancer but also to find new ways to prevent the disease.

In 2008, Noreen Fraser co-created and co-produced the network television special "Stand Up to Cancer," raising more than $100 million for cancer research.


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Before starting her foundation, Fraser produced television shows including "Entertainment Tonight," "The Richard Simmons Show," and ABC's "Home Show."

Fraser also had begun work on a documentary film about cancer as well as a TV project with the goal of raising awareness about cancers that affect women including breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers.

In June 2016, Fraser announced in a post on Facebook that the foundation was "closing its doors and beginning a new chapter with the Noreen Fraser Fund at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center."

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