Published March 24, 2011
“I always feel her presence very strongly here, she’s like my guardian angel,” Fawcett’s longtime best friend and foundation President, actress Alana Stewart, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts in an interview at the foundation’s Beverly Hills office. “Farrah created the foundation a couple of years before she died but didn’t really have the chance to do anything with it. She really wanted to fund cutting edge forms of research, and wanted to help people struggling with cancer and the things insurance wouldn’t cover.”
In her quest to win her fight with anal cancer, Fawcett underwent a range of “alternative” therapies in Germany which were not permitted in the United States – and although they didn’t save her, Stewart said, even at the end, Fawcett had no regrets about her treatment approach.
“Farrah was open to everything. She was being treated by a trusted doctor here and a doctor in Germany, and she felt she was getting the best care she could get. She had a very strong will and strong intuition, she followed what she felt was right,” Stewart said. “I know chemotherapy and radiation helps a lot of people, but a lot of people also die after the chemo from complications and other things. Sometimes the medicine can kill.”
The Farrah Fawcett Foundation’s mission is to explore non-traditional methods of cancer research and clinical trials, such as gene therapy and targeted therapy, Stewart said. She is disappointed that the FDA does not approve new treatments at a faster pace.
“These government trials take years and years are so costly; I wish we could push them through faster. I understand they don’t want to put things out that will hurt people but… I think if it is a last resort, and someone is dying and wants to try something, then let them do it,” she said.
“It might be my conservative point of view, but if someone is going to smoke and eat 10 cheeseburgers and weigh 300 pounds, then I don’t want to be paying for their health insurance,” she said.
Stewart revealed exclusively to Pop Tarts that she’s in negotiations to pen a second book to tell the story of her life, from her humble beginnings growing up in a small town in Texas with a dirt road and without indoor plumbing, to her star-studded life as a Hollywood actress once married to George Hamilton and Rod Stewart. Her decades-long friendship with Fawcett will also be a big part of the book.
“Sometimes I miss Farrah so badly that I can’t bear it and just want to pick up the phone and talk to her about the things that nobody else would understand. We were on the same wavelength. We were both from Texas and down-home girls, and we liked the same food. I would fax over recipes for fried chicken, and we loved to talk about silly things like shoes and makeup,” Stewart said. “Farrah had an amazing sense of humor in the darkest of times, we really did have fun, even on those trips to Germany.”