Faulkenberry, Rodriguez, Epstein and Drescher (from left)
Case in point: Aviva most recently took time out of filming Season 6 to help a cancer-stricken 21-year-old fulfill one of his dreams--going to a Broadway show and meeting the cast.
On July 24, Aviva and her children took Carlos Rodriguez, who is diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, to catch a performance of Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark and hang out backstage with Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson (played by Jake Epstein and Rebecca Faulkenberry).
For a while, Aviva has worked with the charity Candlelighters NYC, which organizes activities and arranges housing options for cancer-stricken teens and families. And her latest involvement may have been one of her most memorable yet.
"I asked [Candlelighters NYC founder] Barbara [Zobian] if there were any cancer patients that really would love to see Spiderman and she said Carlos!," Aviva tells the Dish. "So we spent the afternoon together and went to the play along with my 6 year old and 3 year old."
The outing wasn't without drama, however. "My six-year-old son Hudson was frightened [by the show] so we had to leave after five minutes," she says. "I took him home and came back but my daughter Sienna insisted on staying and loved it. Carlos was simply happy and grateful."
While lifelong Broadway fan Carlos told In Touch he had "the best time of my life," it is Aviva who left humbled by the experience.
"Carlos was so happy to see Spiderman," she says. "His happiness, which pierced through severe illness, was awe-inspiring. Helping those afflicted with new amputations or illness such as cancer is always such a profound experience. I am in awe by the human spirit and the love that these patients exude despite their harrowing challenges. It was the least I could do."