Speaking Out: The Health Causes That Celebs Support

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  • S. Epatha Merkerson: Diabetes Awareness
  • First Lady Michelle Obama: Childhood Obesity
  • Damon Dash: Type 1 Diabetes
  • Holly Robinson Peete: Autism
  • Richard Roundtree: Breast Cancer
  • Toni Braxton: Lupus
  • Tom Joyner: Going to the Doctor
  • Rihanna: Terminally Ill Children
  • Montel Williams: Multiple Sclerosis
  • Kelly Rowland: Fitness
  • Star Jones: Heart Disease
  • President Barack Obama: Health Care
  • Alicia Keys: HIV/AIDS
  • Anthony Anderson: Diabetes
  • Gabrielle Union: Breast Cancer
  • Taye Diggs: Childhood Hunger
  • Michelle Williams: Depression
  • Boris Kodjoe: Spina Bifida
  • Nicole Ari Parker: Getting Black Women to Exercise
  • K. Michelle: Domestic Violence
  • Kerry Washington, Jesse Williams, Jennifer Hudson
  • Jesse Williams: Black Lives Matter
  • Jennifer Hudson: Women’s Heart Health
  • Brandon Marshall: Mental Illness
  • Kerry Washington: Economic Violence
  • Alonzo Mourning: Health Care and Education
  • Dominique Dawes: Childhood Obesity and Heart Disease
  • MC Lyte: Women’s Health
  • Tyrese: Healthier Pregnancies

Damon Dash: Type 1 Diabetes

Damon Dash, former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A Fella Records, kept his Type 1 diabetes a secret from people for years. He told CNN.com, "I don't know if anyone knows I am diabetic — I think it's important to let people know that it's OK to be diabetic and to know how to take care of it.” Since coming out, he has been a vocal advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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