Jason Aldean held his eighth annual Concert for the Cure in New Orleans on Friday (Oct. 25), raising an astounding $575,000 for breast cancer awareness. Funds raised will benefit the city’s Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“I mean, it feels good,” Aldean told CMT Hot 20 Countdown . “Breast cancer is something that affected me and my family, so we kind of have a tie to that, and I know there’s a lot of people out there that do.
“It feels good to be able to go out there and, one, raise awareness for breast cancer [and] two, to be able to give that much money to Susan G. Komen and have them use it for mammograms and checkups and stuff,” he said. “There’s so many women, and also it’s a disease that affects men, too, and a lot of people don’t know that. So many people get affected by it, and even if it’s not you personally, it’s somebody that you know. It seems like everybody that I know knows someone who’s been affected by it, so it’s a nasty disease.
“I’ve got two daughters at home that hopefully will never have to deal with this, so this is as much about me looking out for them and their future as it is people that are battling the disease now.”
Aldean says his high-energy show is a celebration of survivors and one of remembrance.
“The mood around this show isn’t a sad and somber kind of thing,” he said. “It’s a time to celebrate. And for people that have lost loved ones, it’s a time to remember them and celebrate their life.
“The people that have beat it, it’s like, nothing better than hearing those stories because there’s a lot of people that don’t. … It’s pretty cool, and that lets me know that we’re on the cusp of hopefully finding a cure. It’s cool to be able to help out.”
For more about Aldean’s charity concert, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 2-3) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.