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Mandy Moore To Serve As National Honorary Chairperson Of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's School & Youth Campaign

Multi-Platinum Artist Mandy Moore, whose third album, “Mandy Moore,” was recently released and features the single, “In My Pocket,” will serve as the 2001 national honorary chairperson of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s School & Youth Campaign.

The School & Youth Campaign includes programs such as Pasta For Pennies, Pennies For Patients and Hop For Leukemia. School & Youth programs nationally rank second in the amount of money raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In 2001, $9.5 million will be raised.

“We’re very pleased to have Mandy Moore join us as national honorary chairperson for our School & Youth programs,” said Dwayne Howell, Society president and CEO. “We believe that Mandy’s enthusiasm and appeal will have an enormous impact on students’ participation and the dollars raised to support our mission, and we’re extremely grateful for her involvement.”

Moore already has a history with the Society. “I feel very honored to be this year’s honorary chairperson of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s School & Youth campaign,” said Moore. “Because I am a past participant of the Pasta For Pennies program, I am very familiar with both the program and its cause, and I am very passionate about supporting the Society’s mission.”

Moore’s first album, “So Real,” debuted in 1999; and “I Wanna Be with You,” was launched in 2000. According to Moore, she knew she wanted to be a performer since age six, and she started singing at age 10. She began doing musical theater and singing the national anthem at sporting events in her hometown of Orlando, Fl. While recording a demo, a FedEx man heard her sing. He happened to have a friend at Epic Records, who soon thereafter offered her a record deal. Moore began her career by touring with both The Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync.

Her debut single, “Candy,” went gold, selling a half million copies. The albums “So Real” and “I Wanna Be With You” both went platinum, with each selling over one million copies.

This summer, 17-year-old Moore will again appear on MTV with her program, “Mandy,” a talk show with a focus on music and entertainment. In addition, after releasing three albums, her acting debut takes place this August with the release of “The Princess Diaries,” starring Julie Andrews and directed by Garry Marshall. Moore plays a mean and rude cheerleader-type.

Moore continues her acting career when she appears in the Warner Brothers film, “A Walk To Remember,” based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Sparks. Due out in early 2002, Moore plays Jamie Sullivan, a girl afflicted with leukemia with a strict father, played by Peter Coyote, and a devoted boyfriend, portrayed by Shane West. The movie is directed by Adam Shankman, who recently directed “The Wedding Planner.”

For additional information on the Society’s School & Youth programs, contact Heather Suell, national campaign manager, at 513-583-8900.

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