Melissa Lou Etheridge was born on May 29, 1961.
She is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist.
Her debut album was released in 1988 and became an underground success. The album peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200.
In 1993, Etheridge won her first Grammy award for her single "Ain't It Heavy"
In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was on tour in Ottawa, Canada.
She had lost her father and aunt to cancer.
She opted for a lumpectomy followed with chemotherapy.
At the 2005 Grammy Awards, she made a return to the stage.
In October 2005, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Etheridge appeared on Dateline NBC with Michaels to discuss her struggle with cancer.
Melissa wrote "I Run For Life" song after her battle with cancer to inspire others.
If She can do it, you can too.
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