Martina McBride Raises $25,000 For T.J. Martell Foundation
FILE - This April 23, 2012 file photo shows country singer Martina McBride at the opening night of the Broadway show "Ghost The Musical" in New York.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Fans of country music superstar Martina McBride have raised over $25,000 to date for cancer research after being inspired by her song, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," which describes one woman's true story about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Hitting a particular chord during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, fan club members formed Team Martina and have dedicated over $25,000 for a grant in Ms.McBride' name at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville through the T.J. Martell Foundation.
Martina told The Today Show, "I've got a group called Team Martina which I'm really proud of, and they have a grant for T.J. Martell in my name!"
Says CEO Laura Heatherly, "We are so blessed to have an internationally beloved artist like Martina McBride using her fame to raise funds for cancer research. We hope other celebrities will be inspired to do the same, and we'll welcome them with open arms!"
Some members of Team Martina are cancer survivors who were featured in the video of "I'm Gonna Love You Through It." Team Martina began this fundraiser with the goal of attending the "Soundcheck for a Cure" before one of Martina's shows, now scheduled for January 15 before her Morgantown, WV show. Martina's management agreed to this. The fundraising is online through the T.J. Martell Foundation, and will now continue through the end of the year.