When faced with adversity, we have two choices: to rise and fight back or to accept defeat. Choosing the latter leaves us with no chance to grow and overcome adversity while selecting the former can lead to a life-changing path. An illness like cancer can defeat even the strongest of people, but it’s essential to fight it, to stand up to it — and those who understand that, can move on to helping others deal with it one day.
When battling cancer, even the smallest contribution to a worthy cause can help. Celebrities that contribute to the cause with their voices and fame make it easier for that message to reach the ears of people everywhere, and fight cancer with the power of music. One of the celebrities that lends her voice to this cause is Carrie Underwood, an American singer, and actress.
Carrie started her road to fame in 2005 when she won the fourth season of American Idol. Her success was enormous and almost instant, and winning the show launched her among the nation’s biggest country music stars. She went on to sell more than 65 million records worldwide, topping the Billboard charts multiple times and earning seven Grammy awards, fourteen ACM Awards, and even a Guinness World Record for most country No.1’s for a female artist in the US.
Her charity work is equally impressive. She believes in giving back and wants to be remembered as a person who made the world into a better place. That’s why she supports more than 25 charities and 26 causes, and why she started the C.A.T.S. Foundation in 2009 to help with general purposes in the area of Checotah.
Carrie Underwood is also active in supporting the fight against breast cancer. She took part in the 10th annual Opry Goes Pink event, where she had the honor of flipping the switch that turned the Grand Ole Opry to the color which symbolizes the fight against breast and ovarian cancer. From each ticket sold for the event, Opry donated $5 towards raising breast cancer awareness. After flipping the switch, Carrie also performed at the Grand Ole Opry, making an extraordinary impact with her songs “Something in the Water” and “Wasted.” Underwood’s performance contributed to the spirit of celebrating cancer survivors and fighting that was the highlight of the evening and ensured that the fight against breast cancer gained another strong voice to help raise breast cancer awareness and build a community of caring. Singer, songwriter, and breast cancer survivor, Anita Cochran, also performed at the Opry Goes Pink event.
Carrie Underwood was also one of the performers who took part in recording a charity single “Just Stand Up,” meant to support Stand Up To Cancer. Alongside other music industry stars such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kelsea Ballerini, Mariah Carey, Miranda Lambert, and Miley Cyrus, Carrie supported the mission to end the devastating upward trend of cancer as the leading cause of death.
As a real agent of positive change, Carrie Underwood has become one of the stars that can turn the world into a better place. And the world needs more people like that, who are capable of making music and turning it into a tool of healing that can help those battling cancer.