The Noreen Fraser Foundation is thrilled to announce that Grammy & Academy Award winning rock music icon, cancer survivor and influential activist, Melissa Etheridge, has joined the Board of Directors of the Noreen Fraser Foundation (NFF). This is the first time Etheridge has joined the board of a foundation for a cancer cause.

“We are very excited to have such a passionate cancer advocate and humanitarian join our board,” said Noreen Fraser, President & CEO of the Noreen Fraser Foundation. “The Foundation will benefit greatly from Ms. Etheridge’s insight and experience — we look forward to working together to help women everywhere.”

As a member of the NFF Board of Directors, Melissa Etheridge will be involved in the overall direction of the foundation, its programs and grants. “Being on the Board of Directors of the Noreen Fraser Foundation is a dream come true. I have been searching for an organization to lend my name and insight with the same beliefs, outlook and treatment practices to combat women’s cancers as I do,” states Etheridge. “I look forward to helping NFF achieve their goals,” elaborated Etheridge.

In October 2004, Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer. Etheridge was praised for her performance at the 2005 Grammy Awards when she courageously performed bald from chemotherapy. In 2005, Etheridge recorded I Run for Life which references her fight with breast cancer, her determination to overcome it and her encouragement of other breast cancer survivors and their families. In 2008, Etheridge performed a special version of the song as I Stand for Life during the Stand up to Cancer televised event raising money for cancer research and recorded “Just Stand Up,” a collaborative effort with 14 other artists, the proceeds of which benefit Stand Up To Cancer.

The Noreen Fraser Foundation uses educational and awareness campaigns to raise funds for translational cancer research aimed at developing new prevention methods, diagnostic tools and non-toxic therapies to treat women’s cancers. Noreen Fraser, a stage IV cancer survivor, has played a pivotal role in raising money and awareness of the importance of cancer research as co-creator and co-producer of Stand Up To Cancer, a movement which has raised over 100 million dollars for cancer research to date.

Visit the Noreen Fraser Foundation website here.

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