Cancer Type – Colon
Bio – Eartha Kitt best known for her original song, “Santa Baby,” this star is living on through her daughter’s contributions to Colon Cancer Alliance.
Short Story – The late American singer, actress, dancer, cabaret star, and stand-up comedienne, highly known for her highly distinctive style, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006. A doctor’s visit for carpal tunnel revealed she was anemic, a symptom that can be associated with colon cancer.
Eartha was 80 years old when her journey began. Her tumor was discovered during a colonoscopy and endoscopy after blood tests suggested internal bleeding. She believed everything happened for a reason, “God may not be there when you want him, but he’s always on time.”
Her daughter, Kitt Shapiro, teamed up with the Colon Cancer Alliance to help educate on the screening and early detection. Screening helps discover polyps that can be removed during the procedure. Stating colons are not sexy beasts, Shapiro hopes to use her mother’s example to encourage people to get screened.
Eartha Kitt never had a colonoscopy or endoscopy prior to her concerns for severe joint pain and carpal tunnel, which led to the testing to discover her cancer.
After being treated for two years, Earth left this earth on December 25, 2008, at the age of 81.
Her spirit will live on The Eartha Kitt Foundation, the Eartha Kitt Vocal Performance Award scholarship, and various other options that fans and her daughter put together. One of those was in 2013 when card.com donated $10.00 to the Colon Cancer Alliance for each Eartha Kitt fan that signed up for direct deposit the month of April that year.
Her original Christmas song, “Santa Baby” will always remind us of her rare voice.
Thank you to Eartha and her daughter Kitt Shapiro for being advocates for early screening for colon cancer.
|Birth name||Eartha Mae Keith|
|Also known as||Miss Kitt, Mother Eartha, Kitty|
|Born||January 17, 1927, North, South Carolina, U.S.|
|Died||December 25, 2008 (aged 81), Weston, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Genres||Vocal jazz, cabaret, dance, torch|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actress, dancer, activist, comedian|
|Labels||RCA Victor (1953–59), Kapp (1959–60), MGM (1962), EMI (1963–65), GNP Crescendo (1965), Decca (1965), Spark (1970), Can’t Stop (1984), Ariola (1989–90), ITM (1991–92), DRG (1994), Strike Force in (2008)|
Image Credits – By Jyh-Lurn Chang @ Homo olympus (80, still a very good year II) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons