Martina McBride and her nationwide volunteer group, Team Martina, recently awarded the “Martina McBride Breast Cancer Research Grant” for $40,550 to Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. The grant was given through the T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest charity that funds leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research.
“I am so proud of this amazing team of volunteers,” Martina said. “They are truly making the world a better place with their fundraising efforts and I’m honored they are doing it in my name. We give this grant in honor of our friend and team mate Taira Baughman, who was an inspiration to so many. She dedicated her life to her family and to helping others and this grant will undoubtedly touch the lives of countless women.”
Team Martina member Taira Baughman lost her battle with breast cancer this year. The funds from the grant will be used to assist triple negative breast cancer research at Vanderbilt, the same type of breast cancer Taira had. Taira appeared in Martina’s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” music video in 2011.
Team Martina is a nationwide and global community service group of country music fans dedicated to making the world a better place. They held various fundraisers around the country starting in the fall of 2012 and culminating with a sound check party with Martina in Morgantown, WV. Since 2011, the group has raised more than $100,000 for various causes.