Angelina Jolie will support a new cancer charity set up by her family. The organisation will be named after her mother Marcheline, aunt and uncle.
The Maleficent actress – who underwent a double mastectomy earlier this year after being diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene – will be involved with the Marcheline Debra and Raleigh Foundation, which is named in honour of her mother, aunt and uncle, who all died of cancer, her uncle Ron Martin has revealed.
Ron said: “Angelina’s father Jon Voight will be involved, her brother James [Haven] will be on board. Angelina will help. She and [fiance] Brad Pitt are humanitarians. It’s something so close to home.”
The actress’ family are proud of the way she uses her celebrity status to do humanitarian work and raise awareness of good causes and think her mother Marcheline Bertrand would have been particularly proud of her daughter following her receipt of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the recent Governers Awards.
Angelina’s cousin Francis Bertrand told Grazia magazine: “It’s great that she uses her star power in the right way. Her mother believed life was meaningful if you gave back. She would have been very proud of her receiving that award.
“I hope Angelina inspires with the message she gives. It means a lot to her to be acknowledged. She speaks from the heart.”