Featured Exclusively onFormer “SNL” comic Vanessa Bayer says you’ve got to laugh off cancer . . . and use it as an excuse to get out of things you hate. Bayer, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at 15, gave advice on how to handle a diagnosis while being honored at the Gilda’s Club gala Thursday, saying “This is just a chapter, this is just one piece of your life,” and that “you should use cancer to get out of anything you don’t want to do. I mean, thank you, gym class, phone calls, I used to go to school late.” She said a young man she met with cancer “whispered in my ear, ‘I used it to get out of French class.’ And I had never been prouder.” Bayer’s “SNL” pal Kenan Thompson presented her with the award. We hear he will also help raise money for pediatric brain cancer research at the Cristian Rivera Foundation fund-raiser Wednesday.
The Cristian Rivera Foundation would like to congratulate long time supporter & committee member, Kenan Thompson on winning his first Emmy! We are extremely proud of all of Kenan’s accomplishments in Entertainment and we are also grateful for his tireless dedication & benevolence to CRF and curing DIPG.
Nickelodeon’s golden child Kenan Thompson was recently named Saturday Night Live‘s longest-serving cast member, and in an exclusive interview with In Touch, the All That star revealed who his dream guest hosts would be. We can’t lie — these are some pretty solid choices! “Lots of people. It would be cool if Eddie Murphy came back. I say that a lot, or like Denzel [Washington], Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise — any of those dudes that haven’t done it yet that you feel like they should have totally,” Kenan shared. When asked how he celebrated such a milestone, the Kenan & Kel alum candidly replied, “By working! That’s the biggest accomplishment of it all. It’s good to keep that in focus — that’s the whole point of it.” In Touch caught up with Kenan at the 2017 Cristian Rivera Foundation Ninth Annual Celebrity Gala last week at Capitale in NYC — which according to a press release, “is dedicated to finding a cure for this disease so that no child or family suffers through the horrors of DIPG again. To date the organization has raised more than $850,000 to support the groundbreaking research of Dr. Mark Souweidane of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College and Dr. Oren Becher of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Lurie Cancer center at Northwestern University and to support children and their families while they face DIPG.” Kenan is close with the organization’s founder, John “Gungie” Rivera — who unfortunately lost his son Cristian to the disease. “I’ve known John for years. We used to meet when he used to promote clubs and stuff like that and I knew his son, Cristian,” he stated. “We fell out of touch for awhile then I caught back up with him a few years ago and he told me what happened to Cristian and told me about the foundation and I’ve been involved since then — like, six or seven years ago.” For More Information, Visit http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/kenan-thompson-saturday-night-live-guests-147454