by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Causes, People
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Funny lady Ellen DeGeneres never seems to stop helping people, which she is constantly doing on her daytime talk show ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ by honoring people with money, gifts and giving them hope to succeed.

However, this time around she is the one being honored as she was recently named Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

DeGeneres is set to help raise awareness for the disease and offer hope to those who suffer from AIDS, Clinton announced on Tuesday.

“The enormous platform of your television show and your social media channels will enable you to reach millions of people with the strong and hopeful message that we can win this fight,” Clinton said in a statement.

Besides Oprah, DeGeneres is one of the few people in Hollywood known just by her first name. People hear Ellen and they go running. To prove it, she has a little over 8 million Twitter followers and nearly 6 million Facebook fans.

The comedian took to her Twitter expressing her gratitude. “I couldn’t be more honored to be named the Special Envoy for Global #AIDS Awareness by #SecClinton. Together, we can see the #EndofAIDS.”

She added, “‘I agree w/this quote from #SecClinton: “An AIDS-free generation would be one of the greatest gifts we could give to our collective future.’”

With one of the biggest hearts in the celeb world, DeGeneres continues to support causes like anti-bullying, animal rescue and breast cancer awareness. Now, she takes on AIDS awareness.

“The fight against AIDS is something that has always been close to my heart. And I’m happy that I can use my platform to educate people and spread hope,” she said.

Of course, she couldn’t resist adding that sense of humor people know and love. “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go look up what ‘envoy’ means.”

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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