TV stars to speak at gala

TV personalities Giuliana and Bill Rancic will be the keynote speakers at this year’s Breast Cancer Foundation Gala. 

The Foundation’s Heather McLaughlin said tickets have being selling like hotcakes since the announcement that the couple would be appearing at the glitzy annual affair on Saturday, 29 September at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. 

Ms Rancic, whose battle against breast cancer played out on television on the show Guiliana and Bill, has been speaking at venues throughout the United States about her story. She revealed to television viewers in a Today interview in October last year that she had breast cancer. 

“By the time they will be here, they will have their new baby and they’re bringing the baby with them. It’s very exciting,” said Ms McLaughlin. 

“We decided that she would be great to have at the gala. We always aim high. I started making enquiries and got hold of her manager in Los Angeles. However, at the time, she had decided to go on the speaking circuit with Bill, talking about the breast cancer experience she just had, so we got through to their agency in New York and we negotiated with them,” she said. 

The Rancics are taking part in a public speaking campaign to raise awareness of early cancer detection, working with the New York-based speakers bureau Greater Talent Network, which represents them. 

The Breast Cancer Foundation Gala, one of the most popular and glamorous events on the Cayman Islands social calendar, is usually held in October, but the Foundation set a new date to accommodate the couple who could only make the September date. 

Four company and individual sponsors are covering the duo’s fee, so that money raised by the Foundation will continue to go to breast cancer patients in the local community. “We really appreciate their support,” said Ms McLaughlin of the sponsors. 

She said the Rancics plan to have a short break in Cayman and may stay about five days. 

Giuliana Rancic is a host on E! News and Fashion Police. She met husband Bill, the first winner of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, when interviewing him for E! News. 

Doctors discovered the early stage breast cancer while she was undergoing pre-IVF treatment checks. She underwent a lumpectomy, followed by radiation, in mid-October 2011. In December, she had double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. 

Viewers have been following the couple’s battle through cancer and their attempts to have children on their popular reality tv show. 

The Rancics announced in April this year that they were expecting a baby this summer through surrogacy.

For more information on the gala, call 949-3542. 

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic are expecting their first baby. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED