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article imageMartina McBride fans raise $40,550 for breast cancer research Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 24, 2013 in Entertainment
Nashville - Country music superstar Martina McBride and her national volunteer group, which is affectionately known as “Team Martina,” recently awarded the “Martina McBride Breast Cancer Research Grant” to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.
The grant, in the amount of $40,550, was given through the T.J. Martell Foundation, which is the music industry’s largest charity that funds research for such causes as leukemia, cancer and AIDS.
These funds that were raised are going to be used to assist triple negative breast cancer research at Vanderbilt. “Team Martina” member Taira Baughman recently lost her battle with cancer this year due to the same type of breast cancer. Taira is one of the women that appeared in Martina McBride’s empowering music video for her Grammy-nominated “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”
“Team Martina” is dedicated to making the world a better place through their philanthropy, as well as partaking in various fundraisers throughout the country. Since 2012, this service group of country fans has raised more than $100,000 for such causes.
The multi-award-winning country songstress showcased how proud she is of “Team Martina” and her team of volunteers. “They are truly making the world a better place with their fundraising efforts and I am honored they are doing it in my name. We give this grant in honor of our friend and team-mate Taira Baughman who was an inspiration to so many. She dedicated her life to her family and to helping others and this grant will undoubtedly touch the lives of countless women,” Martina McBride said via a press statement.
According to Sheila Jones, the director of “Team Martina,” she remarked, “I started ‘Team Martina’ because I could see that country music fans everywhere were very passionate about the causes that their favorite musicians embraced. There’s a great need for a way that fans can unite to do fundraising and community service to make the world a better place. ‘Team Martina’ is a great platform to bring her fans and country music fans together. We plan to work for many more great causes in the coming months.”
For more information on Martina McBride and “Team Martina,” visit her official website.
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