Jason Aldean’s Concert for the Cure Raises Over $600,000 for Breast Cancer Research
Jason Aldean's latest single, 'Burnin' It Down,' just became his 12th No. 1 hit, but that's not all he is celebrating. The singer just raised $660,909 for Susan G. Komen and breast cancer research at his ninth annual Concert for the Cure in Detroit, Mich. on Saturday (Oct. 11), during his Burn It Down Tour.
"We always try and have a lot of fun with our Komen show each year," Aldean explains in a press release. "It isn't just about raising money to help find a cure, it's also about celebrating everyone who is going through treatment now and those who've been able to beat the disease."
The Georgia native picks a different city and state each year, and donates a portion of each ticket sold to the Susan G. Komen chapter in that area.
"I think the first year we ever did this, we were excited because we raised $30,000 for the Susan G. Komen Nashville chapter," he told the cheering crowd (quote via WXYZ). "I couldn't be prouder than I am right now to donate this check to Susan G. Komen, to the Detroit chapter, for $660,000."
For Aldean, the cause is one that's personal to him.
“ I had a really good friend die of breast cancer when she was only 29,” he explains. “The day she passed away, my family decided that we would always do something to carry on her memory and to help in the fight. Everybody I know has been touched by it; they say a woman dies every 69 seconds from it."
The Concert for the Cure wasn't the only big news for the country music superstar last week. His sixth studio album, 'Old Boots, New Dirt' hit shelves as well, adding to the celebration.
"I think it is a great way to end release week in an area of the country that could use a little help," he says. "It should be a great week from start to finish!"
See the upcoming shows on Aldean's Burn It Down Tour here.