Jane Seymour honored for measles work

Dec. 2, 2006 at 8:26 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour was honored in Arizona Saturday for her work with the American Red Cross and the Measles Initiative.

The Red Cross said in a news release that Seymour received the 2006 Golden Karma Award from "Success for Good" -- an Arizona non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and raising awareness for the non-profit sector, which includes the Red Cross. The award is given in recognition of the philanthropic actions of celebrities and other high-profile individuals.

Seymour inspired an important documentary that was filmed by her husband, James Keach, called "Disease of the Wind," which chronicles the tragedy of measles as seen through her eyes in a seven-day humanitarian journey to Kenya in 2002. In the documentary, Seymour learned firsthand how measles kills 500,000 children each year in Africa.

The award was presented in Scottsdale at a gala to be nationally televised on Superstation WGN Dec. 27.

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