Kylie Minogue, breast cancer survivor, gets Courage Award (Interview)
Australian pop star, actress and breast cancer survivor Kylie Minogue was recently given what she told OTRC.com is probably the best achievement for her life -- the Courage Award, presented by the EIF Women's Cancer Research Fund.
The 44-year-old was diagnosed with an early stage of the disease at age 36 in 2005. She underwent a lumpectomy and chemotherapy and was later declared cancer-free.
She accepted her Courage Award for her "fight against breast cancer and dedication to raising awareness for the disease" on Thursday night at an event presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and benefiting the EIF Women's Cancer Research Fund at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
TV comedienne Chelsea Handler hosted the event, which was also attended by Lisa Kudrow, Rita Wilson and husband Tom Hanks, Angie Harmon, Julianne Hough, Los Angeles Lakers star player Kobe Bryant and his wife (see PHOTOS).
Check out Kylie Minogue's interview with OTRC.com correspondent Tony Cabrera.
You've received numerous awards in your career. What makes this Courage Award special or different than the others?
"I've been kind of stressed about what to say for the best part of the week. I came to a conclusion. I thought, 'It's not an achievement award, it's not like you had the biggest-selling album or you did something that's, in a way, measurable.' And then I thought, 'You idiot, this is probably the best achievement of your life' -- going through cancer and coming out the other side."
Can you believe it's been seven years since fighting the disease?
"I can and I can't. I'm reminded of it every day, sometimes in a very small way and I guess it becomes a new normal. But on the other hand, in thinking about tonight and what to say, unfortunately, it does take you back to where you don't want to be, to difficult moments. When I was having those thoughts, it didn't seem that long ago because it's such an intense time."
"I think if you go back to that moment, it doesn't seem like seven years ago. But the upshot is, I've done a lot since then, I think it's good to have one ambition, when you're so down, you don't know if you're going to get up and mine was to get back on stage and get on the road, which I've done numerous times since then."
Going through all that, even though it was a dark time, it provided hope and courage for other people going through the same thing. Is it cool to look back and see what it's done for other people?"
"Yeah, that's very touching. Again, that's a byproduct of my story, but I have always liked to help people so it's just another way that I can connect and try and help in a small way."Reporting by Tony Cabrera, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).