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To Help Cancer Survivors, All You Need is Golf, Sunscreen, and Will Ferrell

Reinventing the Outdoors contest: The comedian will do just about anything for a laugh—especially if it helps cancer survivors go to school.

UPDATED! Launched on Monday April 4, GOOD and the 2011 Ford Explorer will be devoting six weeks to the Reinventing the Outdoors Contest, which showcases amazing organizations like this one that are redefining the way we live, work, and play outside. Check in every day for a new story about the people, celebrities, and programs behind each organization. Help your favorite group win the $50,000 grand prize by voting for them starting Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 20.



From a clueless anchorman to a giant Christmas elf to George W. Bush, Will Ferrell can pretty much make any part funny. He also has a huge heart and is a big part of nonprofit Cancer for College’s success in giving college scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees. He hosts golf event fundraisers, puts his name and face on sunscreen, attends all of the organization’s events, and even goes into hospital wards to meet the kids battling cancer. “I’ve never seen so many kids with IVs laughing, quoting Elf, and kicking up their feet in happiness,” says Craig Pollard, founder of Cancer for College. “He makes a difference just by showing up.” Last year, CFC raised $225,000 at a golf tournament Ferrell hosted, with all proceeds going back to the kids. So how exactly did this Hollywood funnyman become the celebrity face of CFC?

GOOD: How did you become involved in Cancer for College?
Will Ferrell: My good friend Craig Pollard started the charity. He’s a two-time cancer survivor and a former fraternity brother from our days at USC. I remember I couldn’t attend the first event way back in 1993 and sent a check for $50. A few years later I was able to attend and I saw firsthand what an impact this little charity was having on the lives of these kids and I was hooked.


Craig Pollard (with future wife Stacy) and Will Ferrell during their college days


G: Why become involved in this organization out of all the other nonprofits out there?
WF: I do get offered to get behind a number of causes, but Cancer for College is so pure and it’s run so lean. Craig and Stacy Pollard ran it themselves in their spare time for so many years with the help of just a few volunteers. Now they are running events all over the country with just two employees and a lot of volunteer support. I love that so much of the money raised goes directly back to where it belongs, to the kids.

G: What do you like best about attending/hosting the fundraising events?
WF: It’s the kids and their families. They are just amazing and make me feel like such a slacker. They have been through so much, but they just want to be like everyone else. They want a chance to go to college and move on with their life. The most impressive thing is that so many of them have this drive to change the world. They want to be oncologists, nurses and lawyers. Meeting the scholarship recipients and their families could be the thing I look forward to the most.

G: One of the fundraising items on the Cancer for College website is Will Ferrell Sunscreen. What sets yours apart from other sunscreens?
WF: I think the bottle says it all. I’ve always dreamed of owning a lotion company. That aside, all the net proceeds go directly to the scholarship fund. Who else can say that?


Pollard and Ferrell with Samuel Miller, CFC scholarship recipient

G: Do you find that humor is appreciated by these kids?
WF: I’m always touched and slightly amazed when a kid tells me they watched Anchorman ninety-seven times while going through chemo. There was a scholarship recipient a few years back up in Seattle named Will Farrell. I went up and surprised him and attempted to steal his scholarship. Helping these kids and their families laugh and smile through the difficulties that come with cancer treatment is the very least we can do.


G: What is most meaningful to you about being involved with Cancer for College?
WF: It’s the people. It’s the passion of people like Craig Pollard to take a terrible situation like cancer and turn it to a positive for others through this charity. It’s seeing the kids who we are able to help make it through treatment get through college and succeed in life. We met a young lady in Texas last year that had to give up an athletic scholarship because of her cancer. But she fought to stay in school and she is working her way through it. Every year now, it seems that we meet kids who have started their own charity to fight cancer in their own way. It really helps keep your life in perspective when you see the challenges that these people have gone through.

G: Why do you think that Cancer for College should win this contest?
WF: The rumor on the streets is that I may come to every person’s house that votes for Cancer for College and personally make them a grilled cheese sandwich. Now ask yourself, do you really want to run the risk of missing out on that?




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On April 20, 1889 at the Braunau am Inn, in Upper Austria Salzburger located at Vorstadt 15, Alois and Klara Hitler brought a son into the world. They named him Adolph.

Little did they know he would grow up to be one of the greatest forces of evil the world has ever known.

The Hitlers moved out of the Braunau am Inn when Adolph was three, but the three-story butter-colored building still stands. It has been the subject of controversy for seven decades.

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The building was a meeting place for Nazi loyalists in the 1930s and '40s. After World War II, the building has become an informal pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis and veterans to glorify the murderous dictator.

The building was a thorn in the side to local government and residents to say the least.

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For years it was owned by Gerlinde Pommer, a descendant of the original owners. The Austrian government made numerous attempts to purchase it from her, but to no avail. The building has served many purposes, a school, a library, and a makeshift museum.

In 1989, a stone from the building was inscribed with:

"For Peace, Freedom

and Democracy.

Never Again Fascism.

Millions of Dead Remind [us]."

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For three decades it was home to an organization that offered support and integration assistance for disabled people. But in 2011, the organization vacated the property because Pommer refused to bring it up to code.

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In 2017, the fight between the government and Pommer ended with it seizing the property. Authorities said it would get a "thorough architectural remodeling is necessary to permanently prevent the recognition and the symbolism of the building."

Now, the government intends to turn it into a police station which will surely deter any neo-Nazis from hanging around the building.

Austria has strict anti-Nazi laws that aim to prohibit any potential Nazi revival. The laws state that anyone who denies, belittles, condones or tries to justify the Nazi genocide or other Nazi crimes against humanity shall be punished with imprisonment for one year up to ten years.

In Austria the anti-Nazi laws are so strict one can go to prison for making the Nazi hand salute or saying "Heil Hitler."

"The future use of the house by the police should send an unmistakable signal that the role of this building as a memorial to the Nazis has been permanently revoked," Austria's IInterior Minister, Wolfgang Peschorn said in a statement.

The house is set to be redesigned following an international architectural competition.

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Tonight's Democratic debate is a must-watch for followers of the 2020 election. And it's a nice distraction from the impeachment inquiry currently enveloping all of the political oxygen in America right now.

For most people, the main draw will be newly anointed frontrunner Pete Buttigieg, who has surprisingly surged to first place in Iowa and suddenly competing in New Hampshire. Will the other Democrats attack him? How will Elizabeth Warren react now that she's no longer sitting alone atop the primary field? After all, part of Buttigieg's rise has been his criticisms of Warren and her refusal to get into budgetary specifics over how she'd pay for her healthcare plan.

The good news is that Joe Biden apparently counts time travel amongst his other resume-building experience.

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Chick-fil-A is the third-largest fast food chain in America, behind McDonald's and Starbucks, raking in over $10 billion a year.

But for years, the company has faced boycotts for supporting anti-LGBT charities, including the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.

The Salvation Army faced criticism after a leader in the organization implied that gay people "deserve to die" and the company also came under fire after refusing to offer same-sex couples health insurance. But the organization swears it's evolving on such issues.

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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes explicitly announced it was anti gay marriage in a recent "Statement of Faith."

God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.

The Paul Anderson Youth Home teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is "rage against Jesus Christ and His values."

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In 2012, Chick-fil-A's CEO, Dan Cathy, made anti same-sex marriage comments on a radio broadcast:

I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, "We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage". I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.

But the chicken giant has now decided to change it's says its charitable donation strategy because it's bad for business...Not because being homophobic is wrong.

The company recently lost several bids to provide concessions in U.S. airports. A pop-up shop in England was told it would not be renewed after eight days following LGBTQ protests.

Chick-fil-A also has plans to expand to Boston, Massachusetts where its mayor, Thomas Menino, pledged to ban the restaurant from the city.

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"There's no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are," Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. "There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message."

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Instead, the Chick-fil-A Foundation plans to give $9 million to organizations that support education and fight homelessness. Which is commendable regardless of the company's troubled past.

"If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families," Drew Anderson, GLAAD's director of campaigns and rapid response, said in a statement.

Chick-fil-A's decision to back down from contributing to anti-LGBT charities shows the power that people have to fight back against companies by hitting them where it really hurts — the pocket book.

The question remains: If you previously avoided Chick-fil-A because it supported anti-LGBT organizations, is it now OK to eat there? Especially when Popeye's chicken sandwich is so good people will kill for it?

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, announcing it had over 900 emails that White House aide Stephen Miller sent to former Breitbart writer and editor Katie McHugh.

According to the SPLC, in the emails, Miller aggressively "promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof's murderous rampage."

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