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Olivia Newton-John de-registers her cancer foundation two months after launching it in Australia 

Olivia Newton-John de-registers her cancer foundation just two months after launching it in Australia – as she focusses her efforts on ‘plant medicine’ in the US

Olivia Newton-John has voluntarily deregistered her cancer charity ONJ Foundation, just two months after launching it in Australia. 

The 72-year-old, who is currently battling stage-four metastatic breast cancer, announced on Wednesday her decision to shift operations to the US for tax purposes.   

Posting to the charity’s official Instagram page, Olivia wrote: ‘Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that [my husband] John [Easterling] and I and our fellow Directors of ONJ Foundation Ltd in Australia have chosen to voluntarily deregister the Foundation in Australia.’ 

That was quick! Olivia Newton-John, 72, has de-registered her cancer charity, ONJ Foundation, just two months after launching it in Australia – as she focusses her efforts on ‘plant medicine’ in the US

‘John and I will now focus on our ONJ Foundation Fund in the USA. We’re excited to be supporting plant medicine research, specifically for cancer, through a simple Donor Advised fund with CAF America!,’ she enthused.  

In a press release on Thursday, Olivia’s publicist Michael Caprico explained that the decision to uproot ONJ Foundation was largely due to tax concessions for US donors.  

‘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,’ Mr Caprico said. 

Announcement: The Grease star, who is currently battling stage-four metastatic breast cancer, announced on Wednesday her decision to shift operations to the US for tax purposes

Announcement: The Grease star, who is currently battling stage-four metastatic breast cancer, announced on Wednesday her decision to shift operations to the US for tax purposes

‘The ONJ Foundation received significant and positive public support after a soft-launch in October 2020, primarily from USA residents, and Olivia is keen to make sure these donors receive maximum tax benefits and support.’      

Mr Caprio said Olivia and John remain dedicated to realising a world beyond cancer through plant medicine research. 

The ONJ Foundation funds research into plant-based medicine and holistic treatments for cancer. 

Dedicated: Olivia, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013, has spent years lobbying the Australian government to approve the use of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients

Dedicated: Olivia, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013, has spent years lobbying the Australian government to approve the use of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients

Olivia, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013, has spent years lobbying the Australian government to approve the use of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients. 

In January, the Australian icon gave fans a health update and revealed that her tumours had shrunk in size.   

She told The Sunday Telegraph that using medicinal cannabis and natural remedies in addition to conventional medicine had improved her health. 

‘My tumours are receding or they’re going away or they’re staying the same, on a Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer — that’s pretty amazing,’ she said.

‘If I hadn’t had the experience I’m having with cannabis I wouldn’t be able to talk about it.’ 

Bouncing back: In January, the Australian icon gave fans a health update and revealed that her tumours had shrunk in size

Bouncing back: In January, the Australian icon gave fans a health update and revealed that her tumours had shrunk in size

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