Peter Facinelli Hopes Twihards Will Make a Difference

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"When you put all these [';Twilight'] fans together, it's a very powerful thing. I think if we can spin that towards other areas like pediatric cancer and bring that kind of camaraderie toward a specific event or group or cause,... 000_000_509_pfach

"When you put all these [';Twilight'] fans together, it's a very powerful thing. I think if we can spin that towards other areas like pediatric cancer and bring that kind of camaraderie toward a specific event or group or cause, I think we can help change the world," says Peter Facinelli who plays vampire dad, Carlisle Cullen, in the popular Twilight Saga films.

Peter told Popeater.com about his feelings about being able to raise awareness as a celebrity:

"Here's how I feel - I don't think you need celebrity status to get things done or be a part of something. One person, to me, as clichéd as it sounds, can make a difference. If you look at the people who founded this company, Cookies for Cancer, they were parents who were inspired by their young son's ongoing fight against cancer. If you look at the people who founded Alex's Lemonade, they were just parents, who again, were inspired by their daughter's disease. These people weren't celebrities, they started these programs to make a difference. But it definitely takes a village. It does. For me, being able to use my name in order to spread that awareness and spearhead this village in the right direction … because I feel like people want to help, they just don't know how. They want to be able to say, "Listen, I'd love to be a part of stamping out cancer, what can I do?" For me to be able to use my name to get their attention, to say "this is what we can do," just as simple as buying some cookies, I'm ecstatic to be able to do that. At this point, because of what I'm doing, because of ';Nurse Jackie,' because of ';Twilight,' people might look at what I'm doing and so my name might get some attention, so I can bring awareness to a cause or project. That to me is important, in order to be able to give back."

It's always great to hear what celebs are doing to make a change! What are YOU doing to change the world?

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