Kylie Jenner Uses Her Birthday and Cosmetic Company to Donate to Teen Cancer America
The Kardashian and Jenner family members are notorious for their controversial headline-grabbing news, but Kylie Jenner’s latest announcement is making headlines for an entirely different reason. The beauty mogul announced last week she will be donating $500,000 from her Kylie Cosmetics Limited Edition Birthday Collection Lip Kit sales to Teen Cancer America, a charity devoted to transforming the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
Jenner made the announcement to her 47 million followers on Instagram, saying, “Thank you @teencanceramerica, @harryhudson, and of course YOU guys for helping me celebrate my birthday in such an impactful way!”
Hudson, credited in Jenner’s post, is one of Jenner’s best friends. He’s also a childhood cancer survivor who was diagnosed, and later beat, Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in 2013.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer of the immune system that starts in the white blood cells, and is most common in early adulthood.
Hudson and Jenner became ambassadors for Teen Cancer America to help raise awareness for young adult cancer. They announced the donation of the Lip Kit proceeds last month on Jenner’s birthday.
@kyliejenner is doing something special to celebrate her birthday! Today Kylie is donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales on KylieCosmetics.com to @teencanceramerica, an amazing organization who help improve the lives of teens and young adults with cancer. Thanks to @harryhudson and the @teencanceramerica team for helping us make a difference! ❤ We’re also giving away a FREE birthday makeup bag with every purchase over $60 today only! ???? #TeenCancerAmerica #HappyBirthdayKylie
The announcement couldn’t come at a better time as September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This is huge news for the pediatric cancer community because only 4 percent of federal government cancer research funding goes to children and young adults.
Fans reacted to the news on Twitter:
That was such a beautiful gift for the young people you have a sweet spirit May God continue to bless you and your family just love y’all .
— Step25 (@Step2510) September 8, 2017
So proud of you for helping all these people, this is really important for them and you’re doing your part ❤
— Karen (@detailskriver) September 7, 2017
I love my idol so much❤️ always helping people! Xxx
— Courtney (@TheWalkingKylie) September 7, 2017
You go Kylie! I’m so Proud of you! Keep it up????????
— M.A.R.I.S.H.A (@M_G_NETHERLANDS) September 7, 2017
Jenner isn’t the only celebrity involved in Teen Cancer America. Legendary rockers Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who are the founders of the organization. The organization began in England under the name Teenage Cancer Trust, and was founded by Daltrey’s doctor and wife, who recognized a need for more services and hospitals for teens and young adults faced with cancer.
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