Cancer Patient Seeks Chance With Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cancer patient Lindsey Miller believes  there is more than a 50/50 chance that Hollywood star Joseph Gordon-Levitt will go on a date with her.

The same week that Mila Kunis attended the Marine Corps ball with Sgt. Scott Moore, Lindsey Miller posted a video inviting “50/50? star Joseph Gordon-Levitt to get coffee.

“Even though I look healthy, dating has been a little difficult because I’m not sure how to explain what I’ve been going through. But after a year of living with this, I’ve decided to get back on the dating scene, and I’d like my first date to be you.”

The YouTube video has attracted more than 300,000 views in just over a week, and thousands have left comments online speculating whether her wish will come true.

November has been a good month for fans seeking dates with their favorite celebrities. Earlier this month, Sgt. Scott Moore and Cpl. Kelsey DeSantis successfully took “Friends With Benefits” stars Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake as their respective dates at the annual Marine balls.

After these service members were featured on “Good Morning America,” Miller built up the courage to ask Gordon-Levitt.

“After seeing them on television, I figured if it worked for them, maybe it could work for me too,” Miller told ABC News.

Miller, 26, was diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer in October 2010 during her first year at UCLA’s graduate school of Urban Planning. Steve Job lived with this form of cancer for seven years, but life expectancy can be difficult to determine for someone diagnosed at a young age. Miller had surgery in December to remove the tumor from her pancreas and she continues to takes oral chemotherapy.


Lindsey Miller in hospital bed (Courtesy of Miller Family)

“Almost no one at school knew I had cancer. For the whole year, I struggled with this dark secret and wondered how much I should tell them. But because of the recent publicity, now all my friends know and it’s made it easier to talk about the positive aspects,” said Miller.

But like Gordon-Levitt’s character in the film, Miller admits it is hard to know whether to bring up the cancer subject on dates.  ”I’m not sure it’s a first date kind of topic. Will they run away or feel like they’re forced to stay with me? It’s uncharted territory for a lot of young people dealing with this.”

Although Gordon-Levitt has not yet replied to Miller, she remains hopeful.

“Maybe you could call it my Make-a-Wish, but let’s not be over dramatic,” Miller concludes in the video. “Just a cup of coffee with you would make me happy.”