Bradley Cooper joins fight against cancer

Bradley Cooper — who has just signed on to star in and direct a Leonard Bernstein biopic — is off-screen taking aim at cancer.

The star’s become an advocate for patients, teaming with Sean Parker’s Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which launched in 2016.

Cooper recalled of his experience when his father, Charles J. Cooper, died in 2011 of lung cancer: “You sit in this La-Z-Boy with the IV drip. As you’re walking the hall, you see so many people that are alone. It’s a horrific environment, and I just keep thinking how lucky my dad was that he had somebody like me to walk him through this horrible ordeal.”

He added: “I was desperate to find anything. It is beyond stressful when you are sitting in that room alone getting that diagnosis and then . . . where do you go from there? I realized that there is not a wealth of patient care out there for people . . . the level of loneliness that can overcome a person going through this.”

Cooper spoke at a panel at the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit with Parker and moderator Gayle King.

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