Ron Artest to Donate ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Earnings to Cancer Research

by August 30, 2011

Well, it’s official. Ron-Ron will be on “Dancing With the Stars”, though he doesn’t sound too confident about his dancing ability. Artest says it’s all for a good cause, though. From the LA Times: “Concerns over his poor dance moves and mobility quickly evaporated for Ron Artest as soon as he talked with his 8-year-old daughter Diamond. She’s the only one who the Lakers forward said could convince him to appear on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ‘She said, ‘Daddy, you can do it,’ Artest recalled Monday in a phone interview. ‘It’s going to be fun.’ It wasn’t just a case of Artest being unable to say no to his daughter. At age 4 in 2007, Diamond was diagnosed with wilms tumor, Artest said, a kidney cancer that affects children. So in honor of his daughter successfully fighting the illness, Artest said he plans to donate the money he earns on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ to the Cancer Research Foundation. That will include the $125,000 Artest said he’s making for appearing on the show beginning Sept. 19 and any additional money he earns should he advance in each round. ‘That’s the only reason I’m doing it,’ Artest said. ‘I’m doing it for a cause.'”