Glamorous Australian pop star Kylie Minogue could fill a book with the lists of her charity efforts, for groups such as AmFAR, Children in Need, DKMS, and Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. It seems Kylie Minogue never says no to a charity cause, giving donations, hosting benefits, participating in charity auctions, ad campaigns, and more. Even before being diagnosed herself with breast cancer in 2005, Kylie worked to raise money and awareness for breast cancer charities, and she continues her devotion to the cause today. Voted “Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Star” in a recent British poll, Kylie Minogue has been credited with dramatically increasing breast cancer awareness and screenings in the U.K. and beyond.
Kylie Minogue the Star
Kylie Minogue started her career in acting at a young age, and is still well known for her popular role in Australian soap Neighbours. Starting in 1987 with international hit “Locomotion”, Kylie has had an ongoing, extremely successful career as a pop singer. According to her official website, Kylie Minogue has had 32 singles in the U.K. Top 10, and 8 more in the Top 20. Americans may know her best from her “Locomotion” hit, as well as 2001 platinum album Fever, with global hit single “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”. Kylie has also continued to appear in TV and films, most notably in a 2007 episode of the rebooted Doctor Who and in musical movie hit Moulin Rouge.
Kylie Minogue and her Breast Cancer Fight
In May 2005, a week before the sold-out Australian leg of her “Showgirl” tour, Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. With scarcely any time to deal with the news, Kylie was forced to make a public statement about canceling the tour and other upcoming appearances. In a 2006 interview with Sky One TV, Kylie remembers: “I felt really bad for everyone around me. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, my poor parents’. It’s like a bomb’s dropped…I had one day’s grace when I knew and then the next day we made the announcement and then I was virtually a prisoner in the house.”
Kylie Minogue immediately underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her breast, and followed with chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Paris and Australia. Though her early cancer treatment was considered successful in January of 2006, she continued to receive daily radiotherapy treatments to prevent a recurrence of the disease. Determined to not slow down, Kylie resumed her music tour in November of 2006.
Upon receiving Britain’s Music Industry Trusts’ Award in 2007, Kylie Minogue spoke of how breast cancer had changed her: “I learned that you never go back to a normal state, instead you have to create a new normal state. I have to accept my life for its triumphs and its other sides, take the good with the bad. I experienced a totally new environment. I experienced a world of illness and positive attitudes. The sympathy you’re shown can knock you off your feet.”
Kylie Minogue Supports Cancer Charities
Kylie Minogue used her sexy pop queen status before her own breast cancer diagnosis to promote awareness, including donating a bra that raised £2,400 for Breast Cancer Care. After her own battle with the disease, Kylie continued to support many cancer charities. She donated auction items to Macmillan Cancer Support, Teenage Cancer Trust, Filofax Breast Cancer Charity Auction, and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
She also appeared multiple times at DKMS charity events, drawing plenty of attention in 2009 New York City by flipping the switch that changed the lights on the Empire State building to red and white in support of DKMS. In 2010, Kylie Minogue posed along with Claudie Schiffer and Sienna Miller in photos promoting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, an organization that has raised £10.5million since 1996 for charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Kylie Minogue Breast Cancer Charity Concert
In July 2010, entertainment outlets began buzzing about Kylie Minogue’s latest venture–a cancer benefit concert to raise money and breast cancer awareness. Kylie wants to celebrate the five year mark of being cancer-free in February 2010, and Robbie Williams, Elton John, and Scissor Sisters will reportedly join her for the event.
Kylie Minogue Breast Cancer Awareness
Through the very public coverage of her breast cancer battle, and her candor in speaking to the press and at charity events about her experiences, Kylie Minogue has done much to raise awareness of the disease. The Mirror UK notes that cancer screenings in the UK went up a third after Kylie’s public announcement. “”I know a lot of women went for screenings after my announcement,” Kylie says, “and a lot of people came up to me and said I saved them. Of course I didn’t – but it made them go and get checked.”
Along with her breast cancer awareness and charity work, Kylie Minogue helps women by being an inspiration as a survivor. And Kylie wants to get the word out. As she told Sky One TV: “I love to say, ‘you can get through it. You can.'”
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