October 5, 2009 – Melissa Etheridge has been a force in the music industry for years because of her mix of pop, folk and rock, but her influence extends far beyond her music. Etheridge has long been a proponent of gay rights as she came out as a lesbian in the 1990s, but her newest drive comes from her battle against breast cancer, which has been her focus since she was diagnosed in 2004. Because of that experience, Etheridge has started working with the Noreen Fraser Foundation, which works to find new prevention methods and non-toxic therapies for women’s cancers. Her experience also changed her view on drug control, as she started taking marijuana for medical reasons during her battle with cancer. She says that during her cancer treatment, the marijuana relieved her nausea and chronic pain, allowing her to feel normal.
Etheridge also said that when she used it for medical reasons, it didn’t make her high. Her experience with the drug has pushed her to fight for the legalization of marijuana. Even with her busy schedule as an activist, Etheridge has found time to tour as well.
Join forces with Hard Rock, Melissa Etheridge, the Bangles, and a host of musicians around the world for Pinktober, the campaign for breast cancer awareness. Hard Rock Cafes and Hotels everywhere are hosting Pinktober parties and live music events, raising awareness and money for local, national, and international charities, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation such as The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Caron Keating Foundation. As well, a portion of Pinktober apparel and accessories sales go directly to breast cancer research.