This weekend, Access Hollywood's
Nancy O'Dell is teaming up with
the World Wrestling Entertainment's Summer Slam Weekend to celebrate the
kick off of her new charity, Betty's
The charity is named in honor of O'Dell's mother Betty, who died in
June 2008 at the age of 74, seven months after being diagnosed with
ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's Disease.
"I want to humanize ALS, so people understand what it does both to those who
have it and to their families," says O'Dell, who founded the charity
together with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). "ALS took one of the
sweetest people who ever walked this earth. I want to do whatever I can to
stop it from taking somebody else's loved one."
On Sunday, O'Dell will act as the celebrity backstage interviewer at the
WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles,
and will host a kick-off VIP party at h.wood club on Friday with Good
Charlotte's Joel Madden serving as DJ.
This Labor Day weekend, O'Dell, who serves as the MDA National ALS
Ambassador, will co-host the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for the second time in