Olivia Newton-John has de-registered her cancer foundation just two months after launching it in Australia.
The actress and singer excitedly established the Olivia Newton-John Foundation in October in hopes of finding kinder and more holistic treatments for cancer.
But today it was announced that the 72-year-old — with the full support of her fellow directors — has voluntarily de-registered the foundation through the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), opting instead to set up the operation closer to her home in the US.
“Both Olivia and her husband John Easterling have been very active Directors of the charity since its establishment, and have stated that they look forward to continuing their support for plant medicine research, specifically for cancer, in the USA,” read a statement released today.
Formal shut down measures have now begun in Melbourne, where the foundation was based, following guidelines set up by the Governance Standards of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
Despite the de-registration, Newton-John remains dedicated to researching alternative treatments and therapies to cure cancer from her home in the US.
“Both Olivia and John remain absolutely dedicated to the realisation of a world ‘beyond cancer’, through plant medicine research,” the press release concluded. “They are excited to continue their efforts and vision through the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund in the USA.”
The beloved star is currently battling cancer for the third time — she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and then again in 2013. In 2018, Newton-John revealed the disease had returned and has since metastasised to her spine.
Throughout her fight with cancer, Newton-John has endured surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but this time she hopes, through her foundation, to find treatments that are not as taxing on her body.
“I’ve always thought, ‘Gosh, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could create kinder therapies that help boost the body’s immune system instead of knocking us down?'” she told Good Morning America in October.
“There are lots of ideas on how we can help people with cancer and treat cancer, but there’s been no real science behind the studies. So the idea is to raise money to fund the research on the other kinds of things that are kinder, including a lot of plant medicine.”