Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with comedian and relationship guru Chuck Nice about his involvement with The American Cancer Society.
Chuck Nice is a Philadelphia native and a 16 year veteran of Stand Up comedy with a rich history in television and radio. He is a regular contributor to the Today Show as well as an occasional substitute host. Other credits include: Vh-1’s Best Week Ever, Tru TV’s World’s Dumbest, The CBS Early Show, Show Biz Tonight, three one hour specials on the Discovery Network titled 'Is It True?' and hosting the red carpet pre-show for the Independent Spirit Awards. Despite his busy schedule Chuck still finds time to hit the clubs, delighting audiences with his story telling brand of stand up comedy. His new show 'Home Strange Home,' featuring the most unusual homes in America, will air on HGTV this fall.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) mission is to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people get well and stay well. ACS is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating the disease. It has more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.
Interview Conducted Via E-Mail By Giacinta Pace
Q: What is your charity and why did you get involved?
Chuck: I work with the American Cancer Society of NY/NJ . I was asked to fill in for D.L. Hughley one year; I really appreciated the passion and devotion of those involved, so I was immediately moved to continue helping.
Q: Have there been any particularly moving moments you have had while working with the organization?
Chuck: One year after I started working with the organization, a dear family member was stricken with colon cancer. I got to see first hand what cancer can do to someone. She is making a tremendous recovery; it makes me feel even better that I am involved with the ACS.
Q: Why should people support this cause?
Chuck: The medical advancements made in the fight against cancer are directly linked to the efforts of the American Cancer Society. If my family member had contracted cancer just ten short years ago, she would have died. I love that there are people celebrating birthdays, graduations and seeing their children grow up, because of the work of this organization. I am honored to serve them in any way.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Chuck: I think it's important for everyone to offer their time and support to some charitable cause. Often we think that helping charities is for people like Bill and Melinda Gates, or church organizations, or the church of Bill and Melinda Gates; but everyone has something to offer.The satisfaction far outweighs the sacrifice of service. It's like being a good lover: when you put more into it than you get out of it, you end up being more satisfied. See, now you're thinking about making love to me and that's just wrong.