Nashville's Charles Esten tries to make Millionaire history

Nashville star Charles Esten on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

November 20, 2013 10:20:25 AM PST
Actor Charles Esten, who portrays Deacon Claybourne on the hit ABC series Nashville, will try to become the first celebrity contestant ever to make it all the way to the $1 million question on the daytime version of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire on Thursday.

Esten will donate all of his winnings to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Esten's 13-year-old daughter, Addie, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2 1/2 and, thanks to advances in treatment, is thriving today. Because of their personal connection to blood cancer, Chip, his wife Patty, and the entire Esten clan are strong supporters of LLS.

"It was a dark and scary day when we found out that our Addie had leukemia. The first ray of light was the reassurance from our doctor that there was hope - there were medicines and procedures that could help our little girl. All that hope, and all that help, came from research?research made possible with funds raised by LLS and other organizations. That's why we're so thankful and committed to LLS. I'm excited that a fun experience on Millionaire can be used to raise money and recognize the serious work of LLS, which is making a positive difference for blood cancer patients and their families," Esten said.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) has a mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada

"We have one goal: A world without blood cancers," LLS President & CEO John Walter said. "To date, we have invested nearly $1 billion in research to advance therapies and save lives. We are so grateful to Chip Esten and his family for their support to show that we are helping to save lives not someday, but today."

Tune in to see if Charles Esten can make "Millionaire" history on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on Channel 7.


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

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