Why I Give
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AND MADELEINE SHERAK:
FINDING A CURE
Sherak and his wife, Madeleine, have friends. Lots of friends. As
former chairman of 20th Century Fox Domestic Film Group and now
a partner in Revolution Studios and a professor in UCLA's M.F.A.
Producers Program, Tom Sherak has friends whose names and faces
regularly appear on the pages of entertainment magazines. Add to
these the wide-ranging friendships of Madeleine, who has raised
three children in Calabasas and, with a Ph.D. in education, has
spent a decade as a highly respected math teacher in the Las Virgines
Unified School District.
was their friends, the Sheraks say, who helped pull them through
when their teenage daughter, Melissa, woke up one morning 14 years
ago to find parts of her body mysteriously going numb. At UCLA Medical
School's Department of Neurology, they learned that Melissa has
first the Sheraks were devastated by the news. Then they mobilized.
"We were not going to give in," Tom recalls. "We
needed to figure out a way to help find a cure."
Melissa began to undergo treatment, her parents became active with
the Southern California Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Tom became host of the chapter's annual Dinner of Champions, turning
it into an entertainment-industry fund-raiser. "But we realized
that we could, and should, do more," Madeleine says.
decided to help raise money for research.