Fight Breast Cancer
According to research statistics, 1 out of 8 women will get breast cancer. That is a lot of moms, sisters, aunts, friends, wives…That statistic also includes the celebrities we enjoy watching on screen, television and stage. Listed on this page are some famous women who have had breast cancer and some links to websites and blog sites that are available if you are seeking information, support or ways to help.
Thank you for caring,
Friends Fight Together
Friends Fight Together with the help of generous readers and authors, raised funds for these wonderful organizations and programs:
FORCE's Mission is: To improve the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers.
Mammovan of Nevada
Part of the Nevada Health Centers. Keeping with their mission they are the largest provider of primary care for the uninsured, underinsured, and geographically isolated people in the state, with 17 health, three mobile health programs (Mammovan), and seven Women, Infants, and Children offices.
In many cases, our rural and frontier clinics are the only accessible places for people to get healthcare. And to keep care affordable, we offer a sliding fee scale based on federal poverty levels. Nevada Health Centers serves Nevadans throughout the state, providing the life-saving and health-preserving care they all deserve.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
From its inception, the mission of Mary Bird Perkins (MBP) has been to provide the highest quality radiation therapy and compassionate support to all patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay. This commitment, created by the Center’s founders, has been generously supported year after year by the local community.
Cynthia Breast Cancer Giving Circle
CBCGC’s mission is to provide hope by relieving the mental stress and financial hardship to breast cancer or other cancer patients/survivors who are going through medical treatment.
Their focus- to supplement the financial needs of cancer patients/survivors throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and foresee reaching many in all areas of Wisconsin to help with sustainable living.
Tina often identifies local cancer organizations in the cities she travels and donates a portion of book sales to their UNMET NEEED FUNDS. Learn more about Friends Fight Together
To learn more about breast cancer awareness, research and Information, please visit these sources…
“Celebrities in the Fight!”
Dame Maggie Smith
In 2008, when the 73-year-old actress was diagnosed with breast cancer, she insisted on filming her sixth appearance as Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. After having the lump removed, Smith had chemotherapy and radiation treatments while filming the movie.
A 2005 misdiagnosis almost lost the Australian pop star her chance to fight and beat breast cancer. Minogue was 36 years old at the time when she decided to get another opinion on the lump in her breast. She urges women to trust their gut more when they go to the doctor. “Just because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2007. Her treatment plan included a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation.
In 2007, Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer after her gynecologist discovered lumps during a routine exam. At 43, Hoda had not yet had a mammogram. She described her lack of screening like this…“I just didn’t do it,” she says. “I wasn’t scared of it. I ask people all the time why they haven’t gotten checked for various things, and here I was not getting screened.” Her successful treatment journey was documented by Today show cameras. Kotb remains cancer-free.
Even though the doctors found cancer in only one of her breasts, Christina, who was 36 years old at the time, chose to have a double mastectomy. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor, and Christina didn’t want to take any chances. She immediately adopted a healthy diet and underwent surgery. She has since participated in several charity events to raise money for cancer education and research.
After overcoming ovarian cancer in 2003, Academy Award winning actress Kathy Bates told the world in 2012 that she’d beaten breast cancer as well. The star of movies Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic and Misery revealed that she successfully underwent a double mastectomy and would not need radiation or chemotherapy.
While President Ronald Reagan was in the White House in 1987, the First Lady was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a single mastectomy and made a full recovery. First Lady Reagan’s experience led to a wealth of media attention, which sparked an increase in the percentage of women having screening mammograms.