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Tom Hanks on helping wife Rita Wilson beat cancer Tom Hanks on helping wife Rita Wilson beat cancer
  • Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson opened up on her battle with breast cancer
  • Wilson, who is now '100 per cent cancer free' says Hanks made her feel human as she fought back from her troubled state
  • Hollywood star battled breast cancer and a double mastectomy two years ago
  • Couple co-chaired a benefit in Hollywood for Women's Cancer Research Fund 

Double Oscar winner Tom Hanks helped his beloved wife Rita Wilson deal with her breast cancer fight by making her laugh.

Wilson, who is now '100 per cent cancer free', spoke emotionally of how her husband was her rock during her fight for her life with breast cancer and a double mastectomy two years ago.

The Hollywood stars, who have been married 29 years, spoke about her battle as they attended a charity benefit for the Women's Cancer Research Fund at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for which they were co-chairs.

 

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson opened up about her battle with breast cancer as they attended a charity benefit for the Women's Cancer Research Fund in Beverly Hills

As the couple walked the red carpet, Wilson detailed how Hanks helped her feel human as she fought back from her troubled state.

'I think when I was going through my diagnoses and surgery, one thing that I really wanted to communicate to people now that we're through it is that there are still times when you have love and you smile and you laugh,' Wilson said. 

'We watched movies, we watched great documentaries, we ate good food and we did our best to maintain our spirit and be thankful.' 

Tom, staring lovingly at his wife, added: 'You just clear the decks and you circle the wagons and you join the community and you hunker down.

'It's not that hard to do. It's like when there's a big rainstorm outside, you bust out the hot cocoa and make sure everyone is comfortable.' 

 Wilson, who is now '100 per cent cancer free', spoke emotionally of how her husband was her rock during her fight for her life with breast cancer and a double mastectomy two years ago 

Wilson, who is now '100 per cent cancer free', spoke emotionally of how her husband was her rock during her fight for her life with breast cancer and a double mastectomy two years ago 

 

Lots of love: The event held extra meaning with the couple, who are less than two years removed from Rita's breast cancer diagnosis that she fought successfully 

 The Hollywood stars, who have been married 29 years, co-chaired the cancer benefit

The Hollywood stars, who have been married 29 years, co-chaired the cancer benefit

Close friend and designer Tom Ford, who was honored with an award for his dedication to raising awareness for cancer, also opened up on how he helped husband Richard Buckley recover from cancer by keeping his life as normal as possible.

'I have, like many of us know friends and family who have battled cancer. I've been with the same person for 30 years. Three years into our relationship, he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer, Ford said. 

'He is here and alive and well 27 years later. He had great care and that's important that people are able to receive the best care and that we continue with cancer research.

'Family support, attitude and not forgetting that the person struggling is a person... Treat them as who they always were. Help them, talk to them, be honest.'

 Whatcha say? The duo posed with singing star Jason DeRulo at the posh get-together 

Whatcha say? The duo posed with singing star Jason DeRulo at the posh get-together 

 In style: The Hollywood royals posed alongside designer Tom Ford, 55, at the lavish happening 

In style: The Hollywood royals posed alongside designer Tom Ford, 55, at the lavish happening 

Multi-platinum recording artist Jason Derulo performed for free at the event as his family have been hit tragically by cancer.

'Breast cancer runs in my family. I don't even like to say it like that because I don't even want to speak it more into existence, but it's affected a lot of women in my family and a cause that affects people that are close to you, they always tend to be the ones you care about most,' he said.

'Tom asked me to be here, but that aside, getting rid of this disease, I'm so ready. We've been dealing with it far too long and it's far too common, so I'm ready to get rid of it.'

Derulo performed, as did Coldplay star Chris Martin, who played Wake Me Up Before You Go Go as tribute to George Michael, Raspberry Beret from Prince and Life On Mars by David Bowie.

Tom Hanks walked around the star-studded audience collecting charity tips from the likes of Elizabeth Hurley, Victoria Justice, Tom Arnold, Lisa Kudrow, Martin Short, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher getting cash tips for the performances.

The event, An Unforgettable Evening, is the flagship fundraising event of WCRF.

 When you got it: Among the cavalcade of celebrities rolling through the venue, Hurley was a showstopper in a pink dress that hugged her taut frame

When you got it: Among the cavalcade of celebrities rolling through the venue, Hurley was a showstopper in a pink dress that hugged her taut frame

 Star power: Isla lent her name to the worthy cause, joining a host of other A-List stars on the red carpet 

Star power: Isla lent her name to the worthy cause, joining a host of other A-List stars on the red carpet 


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