Twilight fans will have a chance to meet Dr. Carlisle Cullen (actor Peter Facinelli) Saturday at the Westfield Trumbull Mall and raise money for cancer research.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Facinelli explained his reaction when he first heard about the childhood cancer charity.
"I thought it was such an amazing story," he said of the creation of Alex's Lemonade Stand. "What a fantastic story."
"I started doing autograph signings," he continued. "[It's] a way of spreading awareness of such a great cause."
"If you can give back, you should," he said. Being a celebrity is a "powerful tool if you can use it positively."
Facinelli said he has visited children's cancer hospitals and is surprised how hopeful they are. He doesn't have a personal experience with cancer but said his middle daughter was hospitalized for three weeks with an unexplained fever.
"Those three weeks were probably the scariest of my life," he said. Cancer was considered a possibility but the girl has since recovered, the actor said.
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For the last two years, he has spent time flying around the country autographing all sorts of memorabilia his work, raising about $100,000.
Facinelli's past work includes "The Scorpion King" and "Can't Hardly Wait." He is a regular on the television series Nurse Jackie playing Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper, according to the Internet Movie Database.
He will appear at noon in Target Court.
All fans entering the signing area must have an event ticket. Event tickets can be obtained the day of the event by purchasing either (or both) of the following:
- $25 for any and all autographs
- $30 for a posed photo with you & Peter ($10 per additional person in the photo)
All fans entering the signing area must have a wristband. Wristbands can be obtained when purchasing an event ticket on the day of the event. Event will take place on the Upper Level in Target Court. A portion of the proceeds go to the charity Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Read more of Patch's Facinelli interview here.