updated 9/17/2007 11:54:57 AM ET 2007-09-17T15:54:57

Will Ferrell is auctioning a cameo spot in his new movie to raise money for a fraternity brother’s cancer foundation.

Ferrell came up with the idea to help Craig Pollard’s Cancer for College foundation. The two were fraternity brothers at the University of Southern California.

Online bidding began Monday and closes Sept. 26. Ferrell will announce the winner on Sept. 27, and that person will meet the actor the next day at the 14th annual Cancer for College golf tournament dinner at the Temecula Creek Inn.

The opening bid for the movie appearance is $5,000.

In October, the winner will join Ferrell on set of his new movie, “Step Brothers,” and appear in a scene.

“What a perfect Christmas present for your son or daughter,” Ferrell said. “It is the surefire way to win the parent of the year award. Support this amazing cause, by buying them me.”

Pollard, a two-time survivor of Hodgkin’s disease, started Cancer for College to provide college scholarships to current and former cancer patients. The charity has awarded $200,000 to 50 cancer survivors since 1993.

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