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Bob Saget to host benefit for Scleroderma Research Foundation, talks to Jewish Journal [VIDEO]

by Jay Firestone

May 20, 2010 | 6:32 pm

Last week, I learned a great deal…from Bob Saget.  Our arts and entertainment editor had suggested doing a video segment with the acclaimed actor/ comedian/ director/ writer, timed to the upcoming benefit supporting the Schleroderma Research Foundation [VIDEO BELOW]. 

We talked briefly about his days on Full House, (a show that taught me that growing up isn’t as important as family - or maybe it’s that family is more important than privacy…or that life’s lessons are just a family member away…or that being an uncle is awesome…pick one), guest spots on HBO’s Entourage, his noteworthy retelling of the legendary Aristocrats joke, and his narrating success on the show “How I Met Your Mother.”

But most of all, we talked about scleroderma, a disease that has had a profound impact on his family, since the death of his sister, Gay.  Sincer 2002 he has been on the Board of Directors for the Scleroderma Research Foundation. 

Here’s little background on schleroderma from SCRFund.org:

The word “scleroderma” is Greek for hard skin, the most visible characteristic of the disease. In fact, scleroderma is much more than this; chronic, complex and debilitating, it often affects the internal organs with life-threatening consequences. Depending on the subtype of illness, scleroderma can damage the lungs, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract with grave results. Peripheral vasculature damage due to scleroderma can result in loss of digits or limbs. In some cases, the joints and muscles are affected, resulting in a loss of mobility.

The event on May 25 aims to raise further funds for the foundation to both create increased awareness about scleroderma, and boost financial support for ongoing research.  The benefit will also feature the foods of celebrity chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (television’s Too Hot Tamales); with appearances by Ray Romano, Sarah Silverman, B.J. Novak, Craig Ferguson, Bill Bellamy and Dana Delany, in addition to the Bill Bright Orchestra.  Click here for tickets.

And of course…hosted by Bob Saget.

Bob opens up to the JewishJournal.com here:


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