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Boston cancer benefit
  • Matt revealed at a benefit for the Massachusetts General Cancer Center on Wednesday that his father Kent has an untreatable form of cancer, but that Kent is doing well and that he will "fight it to a standstill." Matt and Kent spoke at the benefit, which Lucy also attended. Reports are at the Boston Channel, Boston Herald, a Boston Herald blog and the Boston Globe. The photo below of Matt, Kent and Dr Noopur Raje is from the Globe, with more at the Boston Herald, including one photo with Lucy. Other photos are at Zimbio including Matt with Chris Cooper. The woman pictured with Lucy is not named.

    Matt Damon was in town last night to speak at a Mass. General Hospital Cancer Center event honoring 100 people and groups who’ve helped advance the fight against cancer. The actor was joined by his dad, Kent, who’s been treated for multiple melanoma in recent years, and Matt’s wife, Luciana Barroso.

    Chatting with reporters on his way into the Westin Boston Waterfront (after getting briefly stuck in the revolving door), Damon said his dad is “fighting the good fight.’’ Damon had not previously talked about his father’s cancer.

    “There’s the possibility that you’ll look in the paper tomorrow, and there will be a picture of Matt Damon,” Kent said. “He’s 40 years old, and all that a dad would want in a son. He’s happily married, a loving husband…a dedicated dad to three…no excuse me, four very fortunate daughters…he’s a caring brother. It’s a wonderful ride as a dad."

    [Matt] said how he “always know I’d have a personal relationship with the hospital…Cancer has a malign indifference to who it involves. But I never would have guessed it would have been my dad. He’s a marathoner, a college athlete, he sails up the coast. But 18 months ago, we developed a more personal relationship with Mass Gen…and it SUCKED! But the care my dad has received there is just awesome. We couldn’t have asked for more. It was deeply humbling to be around people who do this with their lives. I love the way my dad was cared for. I realized, he’s not getting special treatment. He’s getting the same care that everyone is getting around here."
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 2nd, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Cameron Crowe

    Cameron Crowe discusses why he selected We Bought A Zoo as a project at his official site. Says there are no fireworks, just a human story with strong actors.


    Discussion of Elysium:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 2nd, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    It's good to see how the family supports Kent. Just as it's good to see the large number of charities to which Matt contributes with his work and time. Good for him.
    Changing the subject, see Matt with Chris Cooper brought me back Bourne's memories :)
    How did TAB in Box Office?
    I think I saw the woman pictured with Lucy before,so maybe she's a friend or a family member.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 3rd, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think the woman is Dr Vanessa Kerry, daughter of John Kerry, one of the hosts of the event.

    Adjustment Bureau did fine - about $63 million domestically and $54 million internationally (and still counting).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 2nd, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Kent's illness

    So sorry to hear about Ken'ts illness. My heart goes out to him and the rest of the family. They have always been such a loving and mutually supportive bunch. Hopefully Kent's general good health will help to ameliorate the effects.

    And, wow, speaking of good health, Matt has certainly taken off some weight for Elysium. He must be dieting and hitting the gym with a vengeance. Hopefully it's not just worry....
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 3rd, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kent's illness

    I'm seeing daily sightings on the web of Matt at his gym in NY.

    He's now in Chicago to do more scenes for Contagion. I'm sure we'll get a haircut after the re-shoots (Amanda will be pleased). Filming will continue until mid-Friday:

    A sighting of Matt and Lucy at a Japanese restaurant in Chicago:

    Edited at 2011-06-03 02:46 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 4th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kent's illness

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 2nd, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 3rd, 2011 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re:Matt's Dad

    Sad to hear that Matt's dad Kent has cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. So typically Matt to comment that Kent wasn't receiving special treatment but was getting the same care as everyone else.
    Reminds me to enjoy every moment I have with my own family.
    P.S. Does anyone know when 'Hereafter' comes out on DVD in Australia?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 3rd, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Australian release dates

    They're all coming out shortly.

    Hereafter on 29 June, Adjustment Bureau on 6 July and True Grit was out on 2 June.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2011 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm wondering if you mean Multiple Myeloma?



    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 25th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Multiple myeloma

    I am so sorry to hear about Kent Damon's diagnosis. My mom was recently diagnosed. I hope the Damon's are aware of the MMRF - the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. They are the only organization that is funding research for treatment and the cure! So much good information there that really helped us when we found out she had it. A scary disease, but there are good treatments now - thanks to these folks. Check them out : www.themmrf.org
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 26th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Multiple myeloma

    I just did a walk/5k race for the MMRF in Boston on September 15th. We need to find a cure. I am a patient at MGH for Multiple Myeloma.
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