Britney Spears is donating $1 million for a cause close to her heart.
The “Toxic” singer put her “Piece Of Me” Las Vegas residency and celebrity status to good use, raising funds for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation which will open a brand-new state-of-the-art facility later this year. The Britney Spears Campus, a 16,000 square-foot facility combining more than 45 pediatric and adult services is made possible as a result of a $1 million donation from ticket sales to her “Piece Of Me” show. Other major donors included Live Nation, Caesars Entertainment, Zappos and more.
Spears, 35, released a statement on the new facility.
“There are many things I’ve done in my career that I am proud of, but none more than this. The fact that I was able to use my celebrity status to raise the money to build this incredible facility to help sick children and their families when they need it the most not only brings many tears to my eyes, but really brings tremendous meaning to this amazing journey that I have been on,” it reads.
The singer acknowledges the illness is one she has personal ties to. Spears’ aunt Sandra passed away from cancer in 2008. The singer had a particularly close relationship with her aunt, the sister of her mother, Lynne, referring to her as a “second mother” in previous interviews.
“My aunt Sandra died of cancer and I know the devastating effects that this terrible disease brings upon its victims and their loved ones, but when it happens to innocent young children, there’s literally nothing I can think of worse than that. I’m just glad that I can help in some small way,” her statement reads. “I want to thank the NCCF for the amazing work they do on a daily basis and I look forward to being there to officially open the Britney Spears Campus of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation in the fall.”
The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation currently services more than 400 pediatric patients. The new facility will allow its healing arts services program — The Caring Place — to double in size and extend hours of service for patients, survivors and their families.
“We are so thrilled and genuinely excited about moving into our new beautiful location. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Britney Spears for her compassion and dedication to our cause, giving us the means to do this through a recent capital campaign,” says Jeff Gordon, President of the foundation says in the statement. “The impact this will have on all the families we serve will be immeasurable as it will allow us to take care of even more community members in need of our many services.”