by Ali Berman
Categories: Causes
Tags: .

Paul Rudd is donating his birthday this year to the American Cancer Society. What does that mean? It means that instead of gifts, he’s asking friends, family, business associates and complete strangers to open up their wallets and donate their age. So, if you’re 30 years old, he’s asking you to donate $30. If you’re 65, donate $65. His goal is to raise $50,000.

Why the American Cancer Society? Rudd lost his father to cancer and wants to honor his memory with this fundraising initiative.

Rudd said, “My dad died of cancer. It’s horrible. I miss him so much and think of him every day. I’m not kidding, every day. Before he was diagnosed, I never really thought about cancer. It’s not one of those subjects any of us choose to spend our time thinking about. Since he died, I’ve learned that every one out of every two men and one out of every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.”

The actor doesn’t just want people to donate for his birthday. He encourages others to ask for donations instead of gifts when their birthday comes around.

Paul Rudd’s birthday is on April 6th. So far, he’s raised $4,535. He’s got fifteen days left to reach his goal.

As an Ecorazzi writer and cancer survivor, I say, “Thanks Paul. You’re the man.”

Watch Paul’s plea for cash below…

Via Tonic

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

View all posts by Ali Berman →
  • Christine

    Wow…I’m shocked and disappointed with Ecorazzi and Rudd for shilling for the American Cancer Society which uses its millions of $$$ to torture animals in its so-called search for the cure. There are plenty of cancer charities that don’t do vivisection… see

    Better yet, why not focus on prevention? Meat/dairy consumption is one of the leading causes of cancer.

    Of course the morons at ACS actually promote the consumption of meat/dairy and host an annual Cattle Barons’ Ball!!! See, and

    People need to take responsibility for their own health instead of spending their lives eating the corpses of tortured animals which gets them sick in the first place and then then relying on drugs/treatment obtained by the torture and death of more innocent animals.

  • Maggi

    I strongly believe donating/investing in prevention of cancer is the way to go to stop cancer. The same companies causing cancer also run the cancer treatment business. Go invest in organic food instead.