The fight against breast cancer is getting one more soldier: Kelly Price.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation officially named the singer an advocate for the cause. The Foundation already known as one of the biggest organizations leading in research and awareness has launched it’s Circle of Promise initiative to reach African-American women. Recent research from the Office of Minority Health has show that young Black women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with cancer than their Caucasian counterparts.

Speaking on her new role, Kelly said she was personally moved to join the cause after two women in her life were diagnosed with the disease. In a statement, the singer said:

“My husband and I have known each other and been friends since we were 13 years old, so when both my mom and mother in law were diagnosed with breast cancer, it felt like an all-out attack on my family. The news came at the beginning of my career when I was about to launch my very first album. At a time when my family and I would have otherwise been celebrating, we were gripped with fear and uncertainty. After a long hard fight, my mom survived breast cancer and my beloved mother in law succumbed to the disease. This was a turning point in my life. For eight years now, I have been an advocate for breast cancer awareness and early detection and now I am proud to join forces with the LA County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in its mission to pursue a world without breast cancer.”

We’re glad to see Kelly joining a good cause. According to the foundation, she will be visiting grassroots events and appearing in a public service announcement aimed at eradicating the disease in African-American communities.

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