Tom Clancy aids hunt for children's cancer cure

November 14, 1993|By JoAnne C. Broadwater | JoAnne C. Broadwater,Contributing Writer

Best-selling novelist Tom Clancy and actor Tom Selleck came to Harford County on Friday night to support the efforts of a new volunteer group that is trying to raise money for childhood cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center.

"They asked me to help and I said yes," said Mr. Clancy, who became personally involved in the fight against cancer a few years ago after he befriended a terminally ill youngster. His latest novel, "Without Remorse," is dedicated to the boy, Kyle Haydock, who died in 1991.

"This is for kids and for the doctors who take care of kids," said Mr. Clancy, who lives in Calvert County. "The doctors are the real heroes. Some of the most courageous people I have ever met are the people who fight cancer for the lives of children. They have a sense of mission, a sense of goal, a focus that is given to few people in our society."

The author of such action thrillers as "The Hunt for Red October," "Red Storm Rising" and "Patriot Games" was the featured

speaker at a $100-a-person bull roast for about 300 guests sponsored by Pediatric Oncology Friends at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. Mr. Selleck, a friend of Mr. Clancy's, attended the event at his request.

Baltimore lawyer Peter Angelos, who, like Mr. Clancy, is a major investor in the Baltimore Orioles, also attended. Harford County Executive Eileen Rehrmann also was on hand.

"It's a pleasure to be here," said Mr. Selleck. "It's certainly a worthy cause. Nothing is more important than the life of a child. I make faces in front of a camera. It's nice to be with some people who are really making a difference."

Describing cancer as "a dragon," the two men presented their own "Dragon Slayer Award" to Dr. Curt Civin, director of the pediatric oncology division at the Hopkins oncology center. On the plaque was a dragon, children and a sword.

Organizers said they expected to raise at least $20,000 from ticket sales and items that were auctioned in the bull roast. The auction items included a Tom Clancy manuscript and an autographed bat from Tom Selleck's movie "Mr. Baseball."

"What we're trying to do tonight is to raise funds for the most important and hardest-to-fund portion of research -- the new investigators with new ideas and novel approaches," Dr. Civin said. "When those [people] hit, they tend to make big differences in the field.

"We couldn't have attracted people to a bull roast without Tom Clancy as a speaker. He's a guy who just doesn't say no. He wants to give something back to his community and he cares a great deal about people who are in need. He's an ordinary guy who wants to help."

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