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entertainment Updated: Mar 17, 2010 01:25 IST
Vivek Oberoi

Actor Vivek Oberoi says he lost his childhood sweetheart to cancer when he was 18.

“When I was just 18, I lost my first love. My childhood sweetheart since the age of 13 died of cancer,” he wrote on his Twitter page.
The actor, who is the brand ambassador of Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA), says by helping those who cannot afford treatments he feels he’s honouring his late girlfriend.

“Every time I help CPAA, spend time with the patients going to the hospitals on Rose Day or celebrate my birthday with terminally ill children, I feel I am honouring her memory,” he added.

“My mother taught me - the best way to honour the memory of someone you’ve loved and lost is to reach out and ease someone else’s pain and misfortune,” wrote the actor who’s been associated with the CPAA for eight years.