Be sure to read Rose McGowan’s incredibly touching message at the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis website regarding her personal struggle with to Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF).
Dear Friends of the CPF:
Like many of you, my life was unalterably changed the day my father was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF). He was my touchstone in life and once I realized that he was suffering from a disease that was 100% fatal, I found myself feeling utterly helpless and broken-hearted. It has taken me a great deal of time to begin to heal and I still shed tears at the most unexpected moments. He was taken at what seems to me a fairly young age of 61 – my heart was not ready to let him go.
I am now in the fight to stop this horrible disease because you can’t change anything by bemoaning your fate or sitting on the sidelines. After dealing with this tough loss, I have determined that my course needs to be one of helping to stop the disease – my loss can be turned into a win for all those diagnosed with PF in the future.
None of us can effect change on our own, but as a united group we can use our numbers to build national awareness of this terrible disease, demand attention to it and help fund the day-to-day work needed to help all those affected. We need a very large team of people coming together to generate a more active national campaign against PF.
Motion Picture and television actress Rose McGowan, perhaps best known for her roles on TV’s long-running, Charmed, and the 2011 motion picture, Conan the Barbarian, among others, is taking a lead role in a profound real life drama. In 2009, she lost her father, artist Daniel McGowan, to Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF), an incurable lung disease that has no cure and no FDA-approved treatments, and which kills more than 40,000 Americans each year…as many as breast cancer. She’s now taking a lead role to build awareness to fight the disease and working with the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF).
On Friday, December 16th, McGowan posted a message about her work with the CPF and the need for increased awareness for PF on her Facebook page. The post will be live at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time at http://www.facebook.com/RoseMcGowan.
As CPF’s Ambassador and Chair of The Daughters of PF campaign, a new program of the CPF, a 501C3 non-profit foundation, McGowan plans to help generate wide public awareness about PF, which has thus far been little known to the broad U.S. public. In so doing, she intends to use her celebrity to shine a spotlight on PF, much as other prominent individuals have done for diseases such as AIDS, breast cancer, Parkinson’s, and others.
I have updated the gallery with photos from a handful of events that Rose McGowan attended this past November, which we did not have the chance of adding earlier. Apologies for the delay! Namely, photos have been uploaded from GQ‘s 2011 “Men of the Year” Party, the Time Warner Cable Signature Home Celebrity Event, the 2011 Hollywood Style Awards and the 2011 MOCA Gala.
My favorite look was the vibrant turquoise Hervé L. Leroux gown that Rose rocked at the 2011 Museum of Contemporary Art Gala. She accessorized with emerald-green Vhernier earrings, a matching ring and an onyx gold bracelet also by Vhernier. Black Gucci Leight python and suede T-strap platform sandals, bouncing curls, smoky eyes and a shimmering nude lip colour completed Rose’s gorgeous look. One of my favorites of the year, without a doubt!
- Public Events: GQ’s 2011 “Men of the Year” Party
- Public Events: Time Warner Cable Signature Home Celebrity Event
- Public Events: 2011 Hollywood Style Awards
- Public Events: 2011 MOCA Gala
The gorgeous Miss McGowan attended the 2011 UNICEF Ball in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday, December 8. Rose wore a stunning Dolce & Gabbana demi-couture floral gown for the event, which she teamed with Baccarat jewels and a Judith Leiber bag. Such a beautiful look! 26 high quality photos have been uploaded in the gallery for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
- Public Events: 2011 UNICEF Ball
Actress and gay rights activist Rose McGowan is still glowing over the announcement that the U.S. military policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – put into place by the Clinton administration in 1993 – was repealed in July, allowing openly homosexual men and women to serve in the armed forces.
“It’s amazing, and I think primarily how it’s been reacted [to] within the troops has been more inspirational than anything,” she told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column at amfAR’s Inspiration Gala Los Angeles to benefit the Foundation’s AIDS research programs. “My brother flies F16′s in the Air Force, and for him, it’s been a non-issue this entire time, and for most military people I know it’s the same. It’s us out here in the public that has a problem with it, which I think is a pity. Just like anything, it’s new and uncomfortable for them at first, and then it’s normal.”