“I remember seeing my father shaving my mother’s head in the bathroom after her chemo treatments”
Normani Kordei is literally one of the most talented women in music. And she’s also one of the most charitable. Now, Normani is sharing the deeply personal stories that inspired her to team up with American Cancer Society and help increase awareness for breast cancer screenings.
Long before Fifth Harmony existed, and way before The X Factor was even on the air, Normani’s mom, Andrea, battled breast cancer. “I remember seeing my father shaving my mother’s head in the bathroom after her chemo treatments,” says Normani. “It was so traumatizing.”
Normani’s family has a history with cancer: She lost her uncle, Norman, to lung cancer and her grandfather is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. “Being a global ambassador provides me an amazing platform to share my experience and story while growing up…and honor the legacy of my Uncle Norman, to whom I am named after and never met,” she shares.
We love how Normani is using her celebrity platform to not only raise awareness, but also to help others remember that they’re not alone in their pain. Normani’s also spending her days off visiting with families impacted by cancer. “It was especially tough to watch kids who were struggling,” she says. “But it was truly memorable and inspiring to see their parents provide support. It was really emotional yet rewarding when a few of the parents came up to me with tears in their eyes saying that it has been a long time since they saw their kids smile. That experience set the course and the desire to do more…Cancer has touched my life and the lives of those I love, and now I’m ready to help all that I can in the fight.”