Britney Spears Gives to Cancer Cause

07/11/2005 at 05:40 PM EDT

Britney Spears Gives to Cancer Cause
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Britney Spears has made a $50,000 donation to Gilda's Club Worldwide, whose network of free cancer support communities throughout North America helps patients with the disease, the organization has announced.

"When children have cancer, or when their parents or siblings have the disease, there are few places they can turn to for support," Spears – whose first child with husband Kevin Federline is due later this year – says in a statement.

"Gilda's Club is one of those places. I passionately believe in helping children in need, and so I am very happy to make this gift to help children learn they can cope with what can be a terrible and devastating experience for them," adds Spears, 23.

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The money will go directly to the Super Days program at Gilda's Clubs – named after Gilda Radner, the Saturday Night Live comedian who died of ovarian cancer in 1989, at age 42. Super Days are daylong programs of arts, crafts, and other activities that support children who are living with cancer to help them understand the disease and to express their thoughts, feelings, fears and questions about it.

"We are very grateful to Britney Spears for her most generous gift," said Angelica Berrie, chairperson of Gilda's Club Worldwide. "It will improve the lives of hundreds of children who are living with cancer."

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