Michael Milken Honored by Sherry Lansing’s Stop Cancer Foundation

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(L-R) Robert Shapiro, Dr. Shila Kar, M.D., Antonio Villaraigosa and Michael Milken

Milken was supported by friends at the gala, including Barbra Streisand, Paula Abdul and David Foster

Barbra Streisand, David Foster, Paula Abdul and more gathered for a Stop Cancer event at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night. Philanthropists Michael and Lori Milken were honored with the Dr. Armand Hammer Philanthropy award and Audri and Stan Tendler were presented with the Stop Cancer Award of Distinction.

“I don’t think, for example, prostate cancer research would be where it is today without Michael Milken,” said former film studio executive Sherry Lansing. “He is the pioneer in this field so I’m incredibly grateful to him in all areas of cancer research. He’s extraordinarily generous.”

Stop Cancer provides funding to innovative scientists in hopes of finding breakthrough treatments for cancer. Dr. Armand Hammer founded the organization in partnership with Lansing, who also serves as honorary dinner chair. 

“Everything I do for cancer research I believe honors my mother because I loved her so much and she suffered," added Lansing. "I don’t want anyone else to suffer like I watched her suffer."

Milken is determined to find a cure for a disease that has affected almost every family in America. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer 21 years ago and has lost 10 relatives, including, most recently, his sister-in-law.

"Cancer affects one in every two men and one in every three men in America," Milken told The Hollywood Reporter. "They gave me 18 months to live so I'm the happiest person this evening. I think we have a chance to reduce deaths of melanoma by 70 percent in the next 12 months."

Jason Gould performed three hit songs, including “The Way You Look Tonight”  and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Foster took a break from performing at the several awards shows he produces each year, attending as a guest in support of Milken.

“His work with prostate cancer is unparalleled and I really believe he’s saving my life ultimately if, God forbid, I should have something like that happen to me," said Foster. “Wherever he goes I will follow. If there’s anybody that deserves to be honored, it’s him.”

Abdul told THR that supporting Milken was more important to her than attending the American Music Awards that night.

“Each year I go on the home run, where I travel with Michael to different baseball games raising money and awareness for prostate cancer,” said Abdul. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world. They say, 'Why aren’t you going to the American Music Awards?' and I said, 'Because I have to honor my dear friends.' ”