Gayheart Credits Charity With Helping Her Cope After Tragedy
Actress REBECCA GAYHEART credits working for homeless charity Chrysalis with helping her come to terms with killing a child in a car collision in 2001.
The Urban Legend star, who is married to Grey's Anatomy actor Eric Dane, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to three years probation and 750 hours of community service, and fined $2,800 (GBP1,400).
Gayheart subsequently launched the Butterfly Ball fundraiser for Chrysalis, which has raised more than $4.5 million (GBP2.25 million) for the homeless over the last five years.
She says, "I don't usually like to talk about it because it's a really personal matter, but I can tell you that Chrysalis was a way for me to survive that situation.
"It absolutely gave me a reason to get back up on my feet and deal with what had happened. It gave me a responsibility to make amends, and it has changed my life dramatically."