Solène Delinger 14:29 pm, March 20, 2023

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, Sharon Stone received the Courage Award from the Women's Cancer Research Fund in Beverly Hills. The 65-year-old actress gave a poignant acceptance speech in which she returned to her health problems, the death of her brother and also his immense loss of money...

Sharon Stone continues to fight the disease. The 65-year-old actress, who revealed last November to suffer from a benign tumor in the uterus, was rewarded for her courage Thursday, March 16, 2023 at the Women's Cancer Research Fund charity gala in Beverly Hills. Very moved, the star went on stage to deliver a particularly poignant speech of thanks. She first mentioned the benign tumors that had been removed from her chest in 2001.

"These mammograms are not fun"

The actress then underwent reconstructive breast surgery. "These mammograms are not fun," recalled Sharon Stone, whose world fell apart when she learned she had another tumor in November 2022. The star broke down in tears as she called for donations to cancer research, despite the economic crisis. "And right now, it's also courage," she said, adding: "And I know what's going on."

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"I just lost half my money"

That's when the Basic Instinct actress surprised the gala audience by revealing that she had lost half of her fortune because of a "banking deal". She was referring to the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, a bank specializing in financing startups. "That doesn't mean I'm not here (to donate)," she said. The actress, her eyes misted with tears, ended her speech by paying tribute to her brother Patrick, who died in January 2023 from heart disease.

"My brother just died, and that doesn't mean I'm not here. This is not an easy time for all of us. It's a tough time in the world, but I'm telling you, I'm not asking a politician to tell me what I can and can't do. How I can and cannot live, and what is or is not the value of my life. So stand up. Stand up and say what you are worth. I challenge you. That's courage."