Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey of Uh Huh Her Perform for Breast Cancer Awareness
Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey are on a special tour with Keep a Breast Foundation to help beat breast cancer for good.
Last year, breast cancer cut short the lives of 40,000 American women. Though we have yet to develop the miracle cure for cancer, there are organizations out there that are committed to raising awareness and finding a way to beat this disease for good.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Prevention Month, the Keep a Breast Foundation and House of Blues Entertainment have come together to host the Breast Cancer Prevention tour starring none other than Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey, the lovely ladies of the band Uh Huh Her.
Sponsored by Emergen-C Pink, which has donated more than $450,000 to the cause since 2007, the yearlong tour will visit colleges, music festivals, and events throughout the United States and Canada to raise awareness of preventative measures against breast cancer.
On October 10 in New York City, Leisha and Camila performed songs from their latest album, Nocturnes, for a packed venue of fans chanting their names. And with their tuned vocals, sultry looks, and fearless attitudes, the two definitely succeeded in making the night unforgettable.
As they introduced their new song, “Criminal,” to the crowd, Camila told supporters, “This is for people like us”– a possible reference to their recent experience of being thrown off a Southwest airlines flight for kissing each other.
During the show, we caught up with Erica Leite, the event’s coordinator, as she sold packets of Emergen-C Pink and the foundation’s bracelets, totes, and tees to a slew of eager guests. When Leite joined the Keep a Breast Foundation six years ago, she was a dedicated volunteer, eventually quitting her job and moving her every possession out of her apartment and into storage to hit the road with the organization.
Why? To help promote an important message to young people: the message of prevention. Many teens and twenty-somethings believe they don’t have to worry about breast cancer, but Leite wants them to know that this deadly disease can strike anyone at any time.
“One of the most heartbreaking and empowering e-mails I’ve received was from a 22-year old woman,” Leite said. “She had attended one of our events and was inspired to examine her breasts. She found five lumps and ended up undergoing a double mastectomy. Our outreach helped her seek treatment before it was too late.”
Though Southwest Airlines has yet to offer the couple behind Uh Huh Her an official apology, it hasn’t stopped Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey from rocking out to promote breast cancer awareness. These gals were all smiles when we got a chance for a quick meet in their dressing room.