A slightly nasal, partially Flushing, Queens-sounding, Jewish voice will represent America on the world stage as 5769 approaches. Yes, Fran Drescher, better known for her roles in â€œSaturday Night Feverâ€ and â€œThe Nannyâ€ has been appointed by the U.S. Department of State to be the newest U.S. Public Diplomacy Envoy.
Ms. Drescher will join Cal Ripken, Jr. and Michelle Kwan as Public Diplomacy Envoys. â€œThe Nannyâ€ star is a Golden Globe and Emmy nominee, cancer survivor and founder of non-profit organization the Cancer Schmancer Movement. She will support U.S. public diplomacy efforts, including working with health organizations and womenâ€™s groups to raise awareness of womenâ€™s health issues, cancer awareness and detection, and patient empowerment and advocacy. Ms. Drescherâ€™s first trip in her new role will be in late September and include stops in Romania, Hungary, Kosovo and Poland. Drescher said, â€œ..familyâ€™s roots are from Romania and Poland, so Iâ€™m especially excited to visit those countries. And I will be mostly speaking to women about taking control of their body, that early detection equals survival.â€
Drescher, a survivor of uterine cancer, successfully lobbied for the passage of Johannaâ€™s Law, which promotes gynecological cancer education and awareness. Fran received many honors for her work advocating for cancer awareness, including the Gilda Award, the City of Hope Women of the Year Award, the Hebrew University Humanitarian Award, and the Yeshiva University Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Spirit of Achievement Award.
In accepting her appointment from Secretary of State Rice and Assistant Secretary Ameri, Drescher quipped, â€œNot bad for a chubby girl from Queensâ€¦I feel like I got famous. I got cancer and I lived to talk about it, so Iâ€™m talking. As a cancer survivor, Iâ€™ve made advocacy for Stage 1 diagnosis of cancer my lifeâ€™s mission. It took me two years and eight doctors to get a proper diagnosis of uterine cancer. I got in the stirrups more times than Roy Rogers. How many people go for a second opinion when the doctorâ€™s telling you, youâ€™re essentially well? Well, I went for seven second opinions. And itâ€™s a good thing I did or Iâ€™d surely be dead today. If only I knew then what I know now. But unfortunately, what we donâ€™t know is killing usâ€¦ I hope that I can exemplify to women everywhere that a diagnosis of cancer is not necessarily the end of the world, but sometimes the beginning of a new one.â€
Bravo to Fran, that NILF, who teaches us to turn lemons into lemonade or at least chickens into schmaltz.