From the Farrah Fawcett Foundation Web Site: Farrah was diagnosed (on Sept. 22, ’06) with anal cancer, which eventually metastasizing to her liver. She traveled to Germany to seek alternative treatments. After a valiant fight against the disease, she passed away on June 25, 2009.
During her treatment, she asked close friend, Alana Stewart, to videotape her visits to the doctor so that she could remember everything. As Farrah and Alana continued to document this journey, the idea of ‘Farrah’s Story’ became a reality.
Much of Farrah’s Story includes real-life footage of Farrah visiting doctors and going through treatments, surgery, & recovery. Alana, at one point, did not want to film Farrah during a violent episode of vomiting but Farrah insisted that she continue claiming "this is what cancer is…"
The documentary aired on NBC to nine million viewers and was later nominated for an Emmy award.
On May 23rd, 2019 This Is Farrah Fawcett, a two-hour ABC News documentary about the life of the late actress aired and took the nights top viewing spot. It averaged 5.78 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, best on the broadcast networks in both measures. A re-edited version of her Farrah's Story that originally aired in 2006 with some new interviews and multiple clips & voice overs by Fawcett herself from her PlayBoy ALL OF ME special.
You can view the special on Hulu.
From FarrahLeniFawcett on Facebook:
Did you watch last night? It was as if no time had passed at all. America’s Golden Girl from the 70’s back and in the forefront of her rise to fame, her art, her acting and then her battle. It was more like the original broadcast and less like a 20/20 investigative piece and the questions and turmoil that surrounded Fawcett to the end were left unaddressed and unacknowledged. The question of when it becomes exploitative and self serving is something to consider here however, the overall message and Farrah’s own questions, such as “Why isn’t there more research into certain types of Cancer, “ and “Why doesn’t insurance cover procedures found effective in other countries,” are two very provocative and paramount questions that people should be rallying around. The question as far as Insurance should go a step further into why is it that an industry that professes to help and assist people houses in house attorneys who seemingly sole mission is bent to deny and preclude claims and procedures, in some cases that could save a life. In my mind, insurance has always had it backwards. They are more concerned with REACTION than PROACTION. The upside of the broadcast, although seemingly more of a re-edited re-broadcast is that Fawcett's Legacy through her foundation and through her own words live on. Even just a seemingly short decade later, “Hey, how are you,” and “What are you fighting for?”
Their Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide funding for cutting edge cancer research, prevention, and to help those struggling with cancer today. Our emphasis is on anal and HPV-related cancers. It is our compassion for those who suffer
The Farrah Fawcett Foundation is very active in continuing to support those suffering with cancer. They have a presence on Facebook, Instagram and on-line with their official the Foundation Site. Alana Stewart helms this organization and has worked with Stand Up To Cancer, among other organizations to bring continued awareness and support to a horrible disease.
For more information visit their Facebook page and the web site.