Trisha Yearwood is not a breast cancer survivor herself, but she faced the painful loss of her mother in 2011 to it. Since then, the superstar has used her fame to further advocacy towards the disease.

On Monday (Sept. 16) the singer partnered with the American Cancer Society and JCPenney to host a luncheon for 14 breast cancer survivors at her Nashville-area home. Yearwood, a Food Network star and cookbook author, put together a menu to celebrate the brave women and honor her mother at the same time, while the guests shared their personal stories of diagnosing, treating and living with breast cancer.

“These ladies were thanking me for having them at my house for a meal,” Yearwood told People. “But really, I just wanted to thank them for sharing their lives with me for just a little bit, and allowing me to be a part of their journey in a small way.”

The variety of stories Yearwood heard—ranging from dealing with cancer while pregnant, to questioning a doctor's diagnosis—led her to note that women know their own bodies. "You’re your best advocate. You know your body better than anyone else," she told People. " Our generation is better than our parents were because they thought, ‘I’m not going to say anything if the doctor doesn’t notice anything.’”

Yearwood noted in a social media post that for every sale of her latest album Every Girl sold at a JCPenney store, $2 will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

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