On Nov. 21st, the American Cancer Society will honor celebrity survivors at the Riviera Ball. Of those to be honored includes Doug Davis, son of legendary mogul Clive Davis, and Simone I. Smith, wife of entertainment icon LL Cool J.
The son of the legendary music industry executive is an entertainment entrepreneur, event producer and founder of The Davis Firm, PLLC, one of the country’s most prominent music, entertainment and sports law firms. During an emergency appendectomy in 2007, doctors discovered a carcinoid cancer tumor that had spread to nearby lymph nodes. Doug endured two surgeries as well as eight months of chemotherapy. Eight years later, Doug is cancer-free.
“When you are diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening illness, the confusion and lack of knowledge is overwhelming,” he said. “It’s important to me there is research, access to a patient support network with knowledgeable assistance and their families, and guidance for people like me to get the best treatment.”
In 2004, Smith was diagnosed with stage III chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that required an invasive surgery, which required replacement of her right tibia bone with her left fibula bone. Following the reconstructive surgery, the wife and mother-of-four had to relearn how to walk again. Since overcoming cancer, Smith has launched a jewelry line where part of the proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.
“I am so grateful to be honored at this year’s Riviera Ball. As a jewelry designer and an 11-year cancer survivor, it is a tremendous pleasure to be able to continue this lifesaving work with the American Cancer Society and combine my love for accessories with my determination to end the battle against cancer,” she said.
In addition to the celebrities mentioned above, 11-year-old Lexi Brown will also be honored. In 2014, Brown was diagnosed with fibroblastic sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissue. The cancer recently resurfaced in her lungs.
“It’s really overwhelming because of how many people there are supporting me and how many people that I’m representing,” Brown said. “And it feels good because I feel like I’m helping them with something. I’m just like a spokesperson for all the other people with cancer, and I feel honored for that.”
The event will take place at the Bacara Resort & Spa.
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