October 1 marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month and lots of celebrities are doing their part to support the search for cure and prevention of this devastating disease. On Sept. 30, “Switched at Birth” star Gilles Marini was featured for the fourth time on celebrity photographer Alan Mercer’s blog. This installment features several breathtaking new photos and a great conversation in which the philanthropic actor candidly discusses his support of many charities, including those affiliated with cancer research and prevention.
In the informative interview, Gilles talks about the t-shirt he designed for Warriors in Pink, with proceeds from shirt sales going to support four different cancer charities. He also addresses the importance of disease prevention and using his celebrity to raise awareness and support.
He says, “As an actor it’s important to be involved in things like this and to make people aware, and the government too. When personalities get vocal and tell people how to live their lives better, the government hears and feels like they should do a little bit more. Most countries in the world do not work to prevent disease. They are more about helping you when you are already sick. If we focused on preventative care it would cost the government a lot less.”
Gilles designed the t-shirt with the phrase “United in Love” written in both French and English, in honor of his American citizenship and his French heritage. Gilles' father died from cancer at a young age, when Gilles himself was only nineteen years old. Since his father passed away, he has remained committed to the strong values that both of his parents instilled in him – to help those in need and use your life to make a difference.
Gilles seeks out ways to use his celebrity status for the good of others all the time, even if it's just to lift someone's spirits with an autograph or photo, or dedicate his time to great causes. He supports local food banks, went on a motorcycle ride for AIDS and even went out into dangerous terrain in Bora Bora to help rescue workers search for a local man who went missing, during which he gave needy children food and treats from his backpack and the local rescue workers the shoes off his feet.
Gilles Marini’s message is clear: We all have a responsibility to give to others and do what we can with what we are given, to make a difference in the lives of the people around us. There is no bigger expression of love or a better way to be united.
Click here to learn more about ordering a Gilles Marini Warriors in Pink t-shirt.
“Switched at Birth” airs in Flint on ABC Family.