FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge recounted her personal breast cancer journey to 600 people at the Rose of Hope Luncheon Tuesday in Fairfield.
After losing her hair to radiation therapy, Etheridge performed a tribute to Janis Joplin at the Grammy Awards ceremony in 2005. When she returned to her radiation treatment center the next day, the entire staff stood and applauded her for her courage and willingness to be a role model for other patients.
“When I researched what the Norma Pfriem Breast Center does, I said, ‘you bet I’ll be there,’” Etheridge said. “I dreamed of this. One of the most important parts of the breast cancer journey is the support. Then meeting you and really seeing the care, and knowing some of you have been through this experience. When it changes your life so much, the empathy is there. The only way we learn is when we teach and when we help.”
The high point of the event, a benefit for Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma Pfriem Breast Center, came when Etheridge brought the audience to its feet with a live acoustic performance of “I Run for Life.”
Last year’s luncheon raised more than $520,000 for the center’s underserved programs.
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