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Actress Vanessa Hudgens named American Cancer Society Global Ambassador

The winner of our Super Bowl sweepstakes will get to sit next to her at the game

The American Cancer Society welcomes a new global ambassador, actress Vanessa Hudgens, who is participating in an exclusive Super Bowl LIII weekend package to raise critical funds to fight cancer.

“We are thrilled to welcome Vanessa Hudgens as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society,” said Sharon Byers, chief development, marketing, and communications officer. “Like so many of us, Vanessa brings personal experience of how devastating this disease can be, and we are grateful for her support.” Hudgens’ father lost his battle with throat cancer in January 2016, and she has been active in fighting cancer through her charity work.

Hudgens, the American Cancer Society, and the National Football League (NFL) will offer the winner of the Super Bowl sweepstakes package an incredible weekend experience.  With a minimum $10 contribution to the Society, one lucky fan (and a guest) will win the Ultimate Super Bowl Weekend, February 1-3, 2019, and sit next to Hudgens at the game. Entries will be accepted through Jan. 25.

The prize includes two tickets to Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, pre-game sideline passes for a once-in-a-lifetime view from the field, a meet-and-greet with the halftime show headliner, two tickets to the NFL Honors award show, and access to the hottest parties including Rolling Stone, DirectTV, and Wheels Up. Round-trip airfare and lodging are included. This package is made possible because of a partnership with the NFL and Fanthropic, a 15 Seconds of Fame company.

“Cancer has taken the lives of so many people I love,” said Hudgens. “It ate away at my father’s body for years before he was diagnosed and when he was, it was too late. The same thing happened to my partner’s mother. It was a traumatizing time and I’m still dealing with the pain of the loss. I hate cancer and the pain it brings to everyone surrounded by it. I am so proud and excited to help the American Cancer Society do everything possible to fight back against this awful disease. We can all do more to help save lives and support those dealing with cancer."

All proceeds will support the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, which promotes health equity and addresses cancer-related disparities. CHANGE grants are funded by the NFL’s Crucial Catch partnership with ACS. Funds raised address cancer prevention, early detection, and timely access to follow-up care, helping more people catch cancer early, when it may be easier to treat. These efforts have impacted more than 750,000 people, particularly in high-risk communities. 

About Vanessa Hudgens 

Hudgens made her feature film debut in Thirteen and rose to prominence portraying Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical film series. The success of the first film led to Hudgens' acquiring a recording contract with Hollywood Records, with whom she released two studio albums, V and Identified. In addition to High School Musical, Hudgens has appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel. She has appeared in the films BandslamBeastlySucker PunchJourney 2: The Mysterious IslandSpring Breakers, and Machete Kills. She made her Broadway debut in 2015 in the title role of the musical Gigi. In 2016, Hudgens starred in the Fox TV production of Grease: Live as Rizzio.  Hudgens can currently be seen starring alongside Jennifer Lopez in the film Second Act ,as well as the Netflix original film The Princess Switch.  Next, Hudgens will be seen as Maureen in Fox’s Rent: Live, as well as in the Netflix thriller Polar

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