Cancer Type – Breast
Bio – Vocal legend and actress who graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine; lost three sisters to cancer.
Short Story – The R&B Legend and Grammy winner lost three sisters to cancer and has teamed up with the American Lung Association’s LUNG Force Initiative to raise awareness for lung cancer. In an interview with People Magazine, Labelle stated, “One woman dies every eight minutes in the United States of lung cancer. Bottom line: We all can do more to learn about lung cancer and contribute something to the initiative.”
Yet, there is more to Patti Labelle’s story. In 2005, she had her own scare with cancer. Losing sister Barbara to colon cancer, Vivien to brain cancer, and Jackie to lung cancer, she acknowledges she was nervous about her mammogram results. But Patti left her breast scare quiet, only to tell the heartfelt story on stage at Denise Rich’s biannual Angel Ball for Cancer in 2005.
Doctors told her there “might” be something to worry about. The event was the first anyone in her family knew of her scare. As a testament to her survival, at the ball, she sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Since her scare and the passing of her sisters, Patti lends her voice to the LUNG Force Initiative.
In 2008, Patti was a We Are Family Humanitarian Award Honoree. She not only lends her voice to cancer advocacy, but she supports several charities that include adoption, foster care, Big Sisters and the United Negro College Fund, and several others.
Today Patti is still cancer-free and doing well.
Patti, thank you for inspiring a “New Attitude” for the many who hear the word – Cancer.
|Birth name||Patricia Louise Holte|
|Born||May 24, 1944 (age 76) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Genres||R&B, soul, disco, pop, dance, gospel, jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actress, songwriter, entrepreneur|
|Labels||Epic, Philadelphia Int’l, MCA, Def Soul Classics, Umbrella, Bungalo, Resolution|
|Associated acts||Labelle, Teddy Pendergrass, Mariah Carey, Aretha, Franklin, Michael McDonald, Amber Riley|
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