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Susan G Komen names Jason Aldean 'More Than Pink' hero

Singer Jason Aldean arrives at the 47th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 6, 2013.

Singer Jason Aldean arrives at the 47th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 6, 2013.  (Reuters)

Jason Aldean has become known for his help with and support of breast cancer research — particularly for his work with Susan G. Komen. As a result, the organization has given him a special honor for his advocacy.

The group has launched a campaign called More Than Pink to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent over the next decade, and as a part of the initiative, it has created a list of everyday heroes to pay tribute to their dedication.

Aldean has been named alongside scientists, doctors, First Ladies Barbara Bush and Betty Ford, professional athletes and other select individuals who have made significant contributions to the fight against breast cancer. Fans can see Aldean’s name on the official list on the Komen website. The campaign officially kicks off in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Over the years, Aldean has donated funds from many concerts to Susan G. Komen and given breast cancer survivors special recognition at his shows. This fall, the artist is teaming up with the Grand Ole Opry for his annual Concert for a Cure, coinciding with its annual Opry Goes Pink initiatives. The show will take place Oct. 25 and will feature Aldean “flipping the switch” to wash the stage in pink lighting.

“Finding a cure for breast cancer is something I’ll continue to fight for the rest of my life,” Aldean says of the event. “Bringing the show back to Nashville this year as part of a special Opry performance where I will have so many friends and family in the crowd will be a good reminder of why we need to continue to fight this terrible disease.”

The 2015 Concert for a Cure culminated in a $615,000 donation to the South Florida chapter of Susan G. Komen. With this year’s event marking his 11th Concert for a Cure, Aldean’s passion for the cause comes from a very personal place.

“My best friend lost his wife to breast cancer and she was in her very early thirties,” Aldean has said. “I was there. I watched it all go down. I watched him deal with that and her go through it and her leaving behind two daughters. That to me was sort of an eye-opener.”