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Alison Sweeney: The pediatric cancer ward showed me everyday bravery

For Alison Sweeney, anything is possible. She’s a successful actress, TV host, producer, director and author who constantly inspires others with her balance of career with her focus on family, health and wellness. Sweeney is currentl...

Visiting kids with cancer at City of Hope made me incredibly grateful

I have been the fitness ambassador to City of Hope for over a year now. Their work has always impressed me: the research facilities, their care for the patients and their families… there are so many things.

Yesterday, I had the incredible opportunity to visit the pediatric wing at City of Hope. It was so amazing to spend a few minutes chatting with these strong and brave kids. I loved connecting with one

5-year-old about her Frozen PJs. Elsa is her favorite. ("Obviously!")

Nicole, age 19, considers City of Hope her second family. She was first diagnosed with cancer at 14. She told me all about her adventurous spirit and getting herself healthy to get back out there to live life to its fullest. Nicole's story resonated deeply with me.

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As a treat for patients and survivors, we arranged an advance viewing of my newest Murder She Baked movie, A Plum Pudding Mystery, at the hospital. City of Hope included several of the top fundraisers from their annual Walk for Hope 5K. They also filled the audience with survivors who love a good mystery and a chance to share a happy moment with their City of Hope friends.

It was great to let the patients—and their moms—know that the movie was streamed throughout the hospital, so that everyone who wanted to join in could watch, too.

I was so proud to be surrounded by such brave, giving people as we watched the movie. My TV mom, Barbara Niven, joined me, as well as my real-life mom and hubby. We've all been touched by cancer, in one way or another, and we wanted to join together for a fun afternoon to support our cause.

Visiting kids with cancer at City of Hope made me incredibly grateful

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Everyone loved the treats we brought—of course, it's me, so they had to be healthy! We had a homemade trail mix, of toasted almonds (no salt), dried blueberries (a cancer superfood) and a few dark chocolate chips (why not?).

It was a fantastic way to celebrate with everyone and hear what they thought about my return to Days, and lots of opinions about Norman vs. Mike in the Murder She Baked series! Too fun. I can’t wait to do it all again. To join them in watching my next movie, make sure to tune in Sunday night, November 22, to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.

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