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Mar 13

Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation Celebrates 25 Years & Minnie Pearl’s 100th Birthday

Grandpa Jones & Minnie Pearl

Grandpa Jones (1913 - 1998) and Minnie Pearl (1912 - 1996), both featured performers on the television series, 'Hee Haw,' laugh while posing together in a promotional portrait for the TV special, 'The World's Largest Indoor Country Music Show,' 1978. (Photo by NBC Television/Courtesy of Getty Images)

The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation is celebrating 25 years of service and Minnie Pearl’s 100th birthday with the launch of the ‘Minnie Moments’ campaign. The campaign will feature stories from clients, survivors and caregivers who have used MPCF’s services as well as memories from celebrities and fans of Minnie Pearl.

Fans are invited to share their moments at www.minniepearl.org/minniemoments. MPCF will be collecting “Minnie Moments” throughout 2012 and sharing them in newsletters, on Facebook and Twitter and at minniepearl.org. Craig Morgan and Wynonna Judd are just a few of the celebrities who contributed their memories of Minnie to the campaign.

“Minnie was always nice,” U.S. State Senator of Tennessee, Lamar Alexander, said. “She shook the last hand, she signed the last autograph, she always said something nice to the newest person on the Opry. She said to me one time, ‘I’ve gotten to the point in life where I don’t think people are so hot no matter how big they are if they’re not nice.’

In addition to stories from celebrities and fans about Minnie Pearl as a performer, MPCF is capturing stories from those who best know the organization’s unique and compassionate guidance.

“Being diagnosed with cancer pushes both patients and those who care for them into a frightening place,” Susan Earl Hosbach, Executive Director of MPCF, said. “MPCF is there to help them navigate their cancer journey with answers, advice and support. Minnie Pearl’s generosity and caring spirit continue to impact so many through her legacy, The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation…that is what we celebrate by sharing these stories.”

MPCF served thousands of patients in 2011, from 29 states, 3 Canadian provinces and South Africa and are currently planning a year of celebration with several events throughout the year. For more information visit www.minniepearl.org.

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