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Founded and established by families who have faced childhood cancer themselves, Brighter Tomorrows exists to provide emotional, spiritual, and educational support by listening to, understanding, and supporting families touched by childhood cancer.
Ray Lunasin is raising $10,000 for Brighter Tomorrows by taking on the "Ironman 70.3 Triathlon", a long-distance triathlon consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bicycle ride and a 13.1 mile run. You can support him here (click "here"), or by taking the kids to a movie, Saturday June 1st!
The suicide prevention video that Mindy McCready was working on in the days leading up to her death has been released. Private detective Dan "Danno" Hanks, who produced the clip, said he had no idea she was making the song and accompanying video her last statement on this earth.
He told People.com, "She told me that it was beautiful, it made her cry and was exactly what she wanted. I asked her if I could post it and Mindy's answer was, 'You'll know when it's right.' In hindsight she was having me produce her suicide video."
Mindy's late boyfriend, David Wilson, produced the song, called "I'll See You Yesterday," which was written by an aspiring songwriter and fan of Mindy's. Mindy had intended to include it on a new album.
In other Mindy McCready news...
Dr. Drew Pinsky is facing fresh criticism after 37-year-old country singer committed suicide on Sunday, making her the fifth cast member from his Celebrity Rehab TV series to die out of the 43 who appeared over several seasons. After McCready's death, singer Richard Marx compared Pinsky to late "suicide doctor" Jack Kevorkian, tweeting, "Same results." Marx later backed off that comment, saying it went too far, but wrote, "It is, however, my opinion that what Dr. D does is exploitation and his TV track record is not good." Pinsky has been defending himself, saying on Access Hollywood Tuesday (February 19th) that the goal of his show is to reduce the stigma of mental illness and addiction, and stating, "If a show was about cancer and people died, would you be surprised?" And in a phone interview yesterday on The View, Pinsky said that he'd heard from other former cast members since McCready's death offering him their support, saying, "I've received yesterday about 10 emails and texts from those that are doing well that are so grateful and wanted to reassure me." Celebrity Rehab isn't currently on the air. For the sixth season last fall, Pinsky switched to non-celebrities, changing the title of the show to just Rehab.
The other cast members who've died were: former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr and MTV's Real World alum Joey Kovar, both of whom overdosed; Los Angeles riots catalyst Rodney King, who was found dead in his swimming pool with alcohol and marijuana in his system; and Taxi and Grease actor Jeff Conaway, who initially was thought to have overdosed, but was found to have died of pneumonia and an infection.