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From a dance tribute performed by Kevin Boseman, late actor Chadwick Boseman’s brother to the humorous coloring book a woman created during treatment for cancer, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.
Kevin Boseman — a singer, actor, dancer and choreographer — is the brother of the famed “Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman, who died from stage 4 colon cancer in August 2020.
Cancer has touched Boseman’s life in more ways than one, as he is also a survivor. This Monday, he headlined “Dance Against Cancer Outside,” a ticketed event which featured popular Broadway performers, ballet dancers and others to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
“I was excited to donate my talent and my name to the roster of brilliant artists performing to raise money for cancer research and initiatives for those fighting cancer,” Boseman, 49, told the Daily News. “But also I’m definitely dancing to celebrate my own life and my health. This performance is a testimony of my life journey, and fighting cancer happens to be a part of this life experience alongside other struggles.”
Boseman is an alum of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and traveled the world as a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, performing in “The Lion King,” “Shrek the Musical,” and “The Color Purple.” He shared that he was in remission from cancer two months after his brother’s death.
“This is also for my late brother Chad, celebrating his life,” he said. “He was always very supportive of my work as an artist and particularly proud to introduce me as his brother who danced for Alvin Ailey. He was so much more than his cancer battle or even his celebrity.”
Mark Hoppus, Blink-182 singer and bassist, revealed on Twitter that he is currently undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, though he did not disclose what type.
"For the past three months I've been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer," he wrote. "I have cancer. It sucks and I'm scared, and at the same time I'm blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this. I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I'm trying to remain hopeful and positive. Can't wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the hopefully near future. Love to you all.”
Hoppus, 49, also shared a photo on Instagram of himself receiving treatment, captioned “Yes hello. One cancer treatment, please.”
Fellow bandmembers offered their support to Hoppus. Tom DeLonge, the band’s cofounder, tweeted, “And to add to his own words that he used today, I would also like to say that he is strong, and a super-human who is pushing through this difficult obstacle with a wide-open heart.”
Kate Hudson, an Ohio-based social media influencer with over 725,000 followers on Instagram and 5.7 million followers on TikTok, had frequently posted about her daughter Eliza Moore’s cancer journey. Moore was diagnosed with a rhabdoid tumor when she was 10 months old, a rare cancer that is usually found in infants and toddlers.
On Monday, Hudson announced that Moore, 2, had died as a result of her cancer on Sunday, Father’s Day.
"Eliza Adalynn Moore," Hudson wrote on Instagram. "My sweet baby girl. I don't know how we will go on without you. I know we promised you we would be brave, just like you. But we are broken. Even though we know you are no longer suffering or in pain or frustrated with what life had become."
Ciara, a Grammy-winning singer, dancer and businesswoman, appeared on CBS This Morning Tuesday to unveil “Cerving Confidence,” a new initiative to spread awareness of cervical cancer and encourage Black women to make regular appointments with their obstetrician or gynecologist to get checked for signs of the disease.
The initiative is in partnership with Project Health Equality and the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Black women are currently twice as likely to die from cervical cancer as White women, according to the National Library of Medicine.
"I want to encourage women to understand the importance in this case how you can serve confidence and get ahead of everything,” Ciara said. “The cool thing is you can prevent cervical cancer. How amazing is that? Go out there and make an appointment. Put yourself first, you have to. Putting yourself first is everything. Then you can take off and be your best self in every way possible."
Cerving Confidence encourages women to begin pap smear tests at age 21 and provides resources on the best questions to ask their doctors.
Jeri Davis, who is in treatment for cancer, began to have a difficult time coping with the side effects she experienced during the early stages. However, she began to see the humor in life around her and started to write down the funny thoughts she was having.
“I had one eyelash,” she told NBC Chicago. “And I thought ‘OK mascara, let’s go.’ It was one of those moments when I had to make myself laugh, because that’s how I was going to get through it.”
After writing down a large collection of her thoughts, Davis reached out to her former advertising colleagues to help her illustrate her work in the form of a coloring book. The book was titled, “Greetings From Chemo County,” and though it is not technically for sale, people can donate $20 or more to the Extra Lineas Corporation to receive a copy.
The organization uses the funds to create unique types of art and humor therapies to help patients with cancer cope through the diagnosis and treatment process.
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