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Normani Kordei, of the internationally acclaimed pop group Fifth Harmony, has partnered with the American Cancer Society as a global ambassador to help increase awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening and HPV vaccination.
The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research and offers patient programs and services including free transportation to treatment, no-cost lodging at more than 30 Hope Lodge facilities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, as well as education and prevention initiatives around the world.
“Cancer has touched my life and the lives of those I love, and now I’m ready to help all that I can in the fight,” Kordei says.
The fight against cancer hits close to home as Kordei’s mother, Andrea, is a breast cancer survivor having been diagnosed when Normani was just 5 years old.
“I remember seeing my father shaving my mother’s head in the bathroom after her chemo treatments; It was so traumatizing,” Kordei says.
This heartbreaking memory of her mother, who she calls her role model and inspiration, was the catalyst for aligning with the American Cancer Society and an easy decision to make in helping to fight this horrible disease.
“My mom is my hero, and I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without her,” says Kordei. “I am so committed to this fight. I love the work the American Cancer Society does and being a global ambassador provides me an amazing platform to share my experience and story while growing up.”
It’s because of her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis that Normani is especially committed to increasing awareness about the importance of mammography among women in underserved communities.
“We are honored to have such a strong voice in Normani to help us save more lives from cancer,” says Sharon Byers, chief development and marketing officer for the American Cancer Society. “As a young woman who has taken a step toward the prevention of cervical cancer and other cancers through HPV vaccination, she is the perfect ambassador to share the message to make cancer screening and HPV vaccination a national and global public health priority.”
The American Cancer Society is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection.
“It’s not often there’s an opportunity to prevent cancer, or in this case multiple cancers, with a single tool. Concerted efforts are needed so that the opportunity is not lost,” said Byers. “Having a widely known and well-connected spokesperson like Normani, who has a pulse on the younger generation and a passion for working with kids, will help to educate today’s parents and youth.”
For more information about the Normani Kordei’s partnership with the American Cancer Society or to join the fight, visit cancer.org.