via movies.yahoo.com40 Year Old Virgin funnyman Steve Carell hosted a special screening Thursday night for his latest film, Get Smart, at the Dana- Farber Cancer Institute to raise money for the Zachary Carson Brain Tumor Fund.
The fund is named after a Newton, Mass. teenager who Carell met on the set of his NBC comedy The Office thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Carell said he had been inspired by Zachary Carson and his family and friends. “It was a great group of people, is a great group of people, and I just feel very honored to be included in that circle,” he said according to the AP.
But this isn’t Carell's first time. He also held a Boston benefit screening in June 2007 for his film Evan Almighty to fund research into the diffuse pontine glioma cancer that Carson was diagnosed with at the age of 17. This rare cancer causes an inoperable malignant tumor in the brain stem. It claimed the life of Carson at the age of 19 after an impressive 27-month fight, which initially only gave him a few months to live.
With regards to the memory of Carson and his mission after his passing, Carell said Carson’s mother will continue his efforts to combat cancer. “His mom is a remarkable woman and so much of his legacy I think lives through her and the rest of his family.”