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CAIRO – 9 July 2017: Although the award-winning actor is mostly known for his film career, Tom Hanks has invested a great deal of his time and effort to causes and charity work.
Hanks began his acting career in the late 1970s, quickly becoming the heartthrob of many fans. One of his most iconic roles was in the 1993 drama Philadelphia, which landed him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a People's Choice Award for Best Actor.
Aside from his passion for acting, Hanks has contributed to many charity organizations for various causes including women's rights, diabetes, cancer and children to note a few. He participates in over 30 organizations and almost 30 causes.
"One of his favorite charities is the Elevate Hope Foundation," fundraising website Microgiving reported. Elevate Hope is an organization dedicated to provide children who are victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect with the help they need.
Hanks has been honored with the Arts for Humanity Award in 2012 by the Elevate Hope Foundation. In 2016, former President of the United States Barak Obama granted Hanks the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his admirable charity work.
Other organization Hanks supports include the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the ONE Campaign who promote research for finding a cure for AIDS. Both are dedicated to helping children with the illness and helping them cope with it.