Patti LaBelle, T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, and an all-star lineup of celebrities are set to share cancer-related stories in partnership with the Atlanta-based American Cancer Society (ACS) and its Share The Light – a virtual live streaming event hosted this Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m. EST.
This hour-long event, hosted by Carrie Ann Inaba, moderator of CBS’s daytime series The Talk and judge for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, will gather LaBelle, other celebrities and friends of ACS to kick off a nationwide fundraising campaign and celebrate the spirit of cancer survivors while bringing attention to the unique needs of the cancer community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite COVID-19, cancer hasn’t stopped. The novel coronavirus has upended lives and uniquely challenged cancer survivors. One in three Americans will get cancer in their lifetime. In fact, in 2020, more than 1.8 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. According to its CEO Gary Reedy, the American Cancer Society’s groundbreaking research, education, and prevention measures have helped lower the risks of cancer, but ACS’s mission is at risk.
“Because of COVID-19, cancer patients are more vulnerable than ever,” Reedy said. “They are not only especially vulnerable to contracting coronavirus, but nearly 80 percent of cancer patients in active treatment have seen their screening and vital treatments delayed. The American Cancer Society must remain strong so that we can continue with the services, research, and advocacy that saves lives.
“The Share The Light campaign, along with support from our friends, is helping ensure we do just that,” Reedy continued. “Through the Share The Light campaign, ACS will celebrate the spirit of survivors and those who care for them and at the same time raise vital donations to help ensure the American Cancer Society has what it needs to continue its lifesaving vision of a world without cancer.”
LaBelle, sportscaster Erin Andrews, actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, Telemundo host Stephanie “Chiquibaby” Himonidis, survivor and jewelry designer Simone I. Smith, Young & the Restless actress Sharon Case, NFL Super Bowl-winning siblings Jaylen and Sammy Watkins, along with many more who have gathered to Share The Light for cancer survivors and the American Cancer Society.
“Share The Light,” an online fundraising campaign running through October, will illuminate the critical need to increase funding for cancer research and patient programs. Musical performances will include Grammy award-winning performers Vince Gill and Kirk Franklin along with vocal powerhouse Pia Toscano, T-Pain, and the Super Bowl Celebration of Gospel NFL Players Choir.