How honorable! After Angelina’s aunt Debbie Martin lost her battle with breast cancer on May 26, her family vowed to raise money for women who cannot afford BRCA testing.
Angelina Jolie and her family are truly inspirational. Not only did Angelina write an eye-opening letter in The New York Times about her double mastectomy prior to the death of her aunt Debbie Martin, her family has also vowed to set up a foundation for women who cannot afford to test for the faulty gene.
Jolie Family Will Raise Money For Breast Cancer Sufferers
Debbie sadly died on May 26 following a long battle with breast cancer, the same disease that Angelina’s mother Marcheline Bertrand died from.
After Debbie’s death, her husband Ron Martin announced that he is planning to establish a charity in her name.
“We are currently in the process of setting up a foundation in Debbie’s memory and we are hoping to raise money for women who can’t afford to get BRCA testing,” Ron tells E!. “We are hoping to work with a charity called the Clearity Foundation so that every woman in America will have access to BRCA testing that could save her life — no matter how much money she has.”
Angelina chose to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after learning she had the “faulty” BRCA gene, which means she is 87 percent more likely to suffer from breast cancer than the average woman. Angelina admitted the financial cost — around $3,000 — is a large burden for many, but Martin aims to solve this problem.
How honorable. Angelina’s late aunt and mother would be so proud.
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Are you impressed by Angelina’s family’s efforts to raise awareness?
— Eleanore Hutch