Terry Morrow: Memory of mother pushes 'Housewives' co-star James Denton

Actor James Denton arrives at the second annual UNICEF Playlist with the A-List celebrity karaoke event, Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Los Angeles.

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Actor James Denton arrives at the second annual UNICEF Playlist with the A-List celebrity karaoke event, Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Los Angeles.

University of Tennessee graduate James Denton, of "Desperate Housewives" fame, is making a public service announcement about cancer awareness because of his late mother, organizers announced Monday.

"When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, one of the hardest challenges she faced was the overwhelming questions that came with that life-altering event," said Denton. "Her courage is what inspired me to partner with Stand Up To Cancer and Cancer Treatment Centers of America to remind patients and their caregivers through this PSA that knowledge really is power."

His mother, Mary Jean Woolslair Denton, died from breast cancer in 2002. The Dentons are Nashville natives.

Denton is teaming up with Stand Up to Cancer and Cancer Treatment Centers of America in an upcoming public service announcement, titled "Better Questions, Better Care," that focuses on the importance of patient empowerment when confronted with a cancer diagnosis.

Denton, who was recently killed off "Housewives," will appear in a print PSA and an online video to debut nationally this month.

The campaign promotes the QN2A Project, an interactive program where cancer patients and caregivers share major questions that helped them better understand their condition, treatment options, side effects and more.

The questions, when a health professional addresses them, can help lead to treatment decisions based on the individual's needs, organizers say.

A social community at QN2A.org will be created where patients and caregivers can share questions and answers provided by their care teams to aid their treatment.

The acronym, QN2A, means "Questions into Answers" and will serve as a user-generated aggregate of treatment questions.

Also, users can vote for their favorite questions, and that will create a changing list of the questions to ask care teams.

Social extensions of QN2A.org can be found at www.facebook.com/QN2A and

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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