Nancy Lee Grahn birthday fundraiser from General Hospital

General Hospital actress raises money to support senior citizens. wishes Nancy Lee Grahn, who plays Alexis Davis on General Hospital, a happy belated birthday. Grahn hosted a live fundraiser on her birthday via YouTube to raise money for Meals on Wheels. Grahn’s daughter Kate helped her plan and film the entire thing. Kate self-isolated for fourteen days in order to come home for her mother’s birthday and so they could hug.

Grahn answered questions from viewers to begin the broadcast before her fellow co-stars drove by to say hello and encourage people to donate. Questions ranged from how old she is, the last book she read, and why Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) has more followers than her. When asked about her favorite couple, she naturally said Alexis and Diane. She also revealed her wedding is currently planned for October.

Eventually, her co-stars began to arrive, which included Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine), Josh Swickard (Harrison Chase) and his two little dogs and wife, William DeVry (Julian Jerome) and his partner Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington on Port Charles), Briana Henry (Jordan Ashford), Haley Pullos (Molly Lansing-Davis),  Katelyn MacMullen (Willow Tait), Maura West (Ava Jerome) and her husband Scott DeFreitas (Andrew Dixon on As the World Turns), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Quartermaine, John York (Mac Scorpio), Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) and her partner Wes Ramsay (Peter August), and Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) and her husband Star Trek actor Jonathan Frakes. The stars remained in their cars, as Kate filmed while Grahn greeted and thanked them from a safe six-foot distance. Grahn also tossed everyone toilet paper and paper towels.

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Meals on Wheels was started by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954 to support senior neighbors and to extend their independence and health as they age. Today one in four seniors live alone, 7.1 million live in poverty, with 9.5 million facing hunger and 5.5 dealing with food insecurity. What started as a compassionate idea has grown into one of the largest and most effective social movements in America, currently helping nearly 2.4 million seniors annually in virtually every community in the country. Meals on Wheels is the only federally supported program designed to meet the nutritional and social needs of senior citizens, yet it still remains underfunded. The program provides more than just a meal to a senior, but also a friendly visit, as well as safety checks on how they are doing. You can still donate to the cause.

Video: Nancy Lee Grahn/You Tube

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