Funny guy Ray Romano has opened up about a very personal struggle: His wife of 24 years, Anna, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer but has since been in remission. He and Anna tell ‘People‘ why they’re sharing their story.
“The reason we’re going public is to share our experience, yeah, but to have an effect,” says Ray Romano, 54. “Our goal is to help people.”
In February 2010, after a doctor found a lump in Anna’s right breast, a mammogram and biopsy revealed she had stage one breast cancer.
After going through four rounds of chemotherapy, the 48-year-old mother of four made a full recovery, and soon after, she and Ray were determined to help others.
“We were blessed and didn’t have to worry, ‘Does insurance cover this?'” Ray explains of their experience. “We want to give that [peace of mind] to other women.”
The couple decided on working with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation in New York (where both are originally from) and the Saben Free Clinic in Los Angeles (where they make their home now).
The American-Italian Cancer Foundation offers mobile mammogram vehicles throughout the five boroughs in NYC, while the Saben Free Clinic offers free mammography and breast exams.
“There are so many charities, and you want to help every one of them,” Anna tells People, “but this really just gave us a direction.”