John Wayne: Everyone Needs to Watch the Duke’s Message About Cancer on Giving Tuesday

by Chris Haney
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On Tuesday, the official Instagram account of western legend John Wayne posted a message from The Duke about cancer on Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a day for activism that falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year. The day is a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.” John Wayne’s estate recognized the day by sharing an old commercial that The Duke filmed years back about cancer.

In the video, John Wayne talks about the importance of early cancer detection. It’s a subject that The Duke found extremely important, and one that the John Wayne Cancer Foundation does as well.

“Hello, folks. I’m here to talk about cancer,” John Wayne says in the clip. “Now I know about cancer. Matter of fact, I lost a lung and couple of ribs learning about it.”

“The simple fact is, cancer can often be cured if it’s detected and treated in time,” he continued. “And that’s why a health checkup once a year is very important. It can give your doctor the chance to detect the disease long before you yourself would know about it. If it’s there, you’re giving yourself the best chance to lick it.”

The Duke’s Instagram account shared further information about the actor’s cancer message. Additionally, they provided extra details about how to contribute and donate to the JWCF on their Instagram Story.

“Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving! The John Wayne Cancer Foundation was created by John Wayne’s family with the mission to bring courage, strength, and grit to the fight against cancer. Head to @joinjohnwayne’s Instagram Stories to learn more about JWCF and how you can donate to join us in the fight against cancer!”

John Wayne Estate Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ‘Big Jake’ Release

Even though John Wayne passed away in June 1979, his legacy is still alive and well. In fact, earlier this month Wayne’s estate held a 50th anniversary celebration for his 1971 classic western Big Jake.

Five decades ago, Wayne’s iconic acting career was nearing its end as he starred in the 1971 movie directed by George Sherman. Just five years later, The Duke would hang up his spurs after his last starring role in 1976’s The Shootist. It brought his astounding 50-year acting career to a close, which included features in 169 movies.

To honor Big Jake‘s 50th anniversary, John Wayne’s estate organized a special event to pay tribute to the film. They reunited members of the original cast, which included two of Wayne’s sons – Patrick and Ethan Wayne. Patrick portrayed James MCCandles while Ethan was Little Jake as they acted alongside their famous father. Plus, another Hollywood icon Robert Mitchum’s son, Christopher Mitchum, portrayed the role of Michael McCandles. All three men came back together to celebrate all things Big Jake on Nov. 3.

“Join us November 3rd for a LIVE panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Big Jake with 3 of the film’s stars; Patrick Wayne, Ethan Wayne, and Chris Mitchum! Tickets benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation,” John Wayne’s official account wrote.