The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation Brings Back Hats Across the Row on April 17, 2012


Nashville, Tenn. – March 7, 2012 – The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation (MPCF), a national nonprofit organization offering FREE and compassionate support, education and one-on-one guidance to adults facing cancer, announced today the return of Hats Across the Row. The event, which will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 3 p.m. on Nashville’s famed Music Row, launches a year of celebration for The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation.  In addition to celebrating Minnie Pearl’s 100th birthday, the organization is celebrating 25 years of service.

Hats Across the Row will include a parade down Music Row (16th & 17th Ave S) featuring Kerry Collins and his motorcycle gang, Hillwood High School Marching Band, antique Mini Coopers, and an array of stilt walkers, hula hoopers and Minnie Pearl look-a-likes and more. Festivities will conclude with a party at Major Bob Music (1111 17th Avenue South).

Music Row businesses can show their support for The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation leading up to Hats Across the Row by placing signs in front of their business. Signs are available for a $50 donation at

“With this event we honor the iconic Minnie Pearl, but we also recognize the connection between Nashville’s music industry and The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and the impact cancer has had on the lives of so many along the Row,” says Susan Earl Hosbach, Executive Director of MPCF. “Minnie created a community around cancer and our hope is this event can bring some of that community together for an afternoon of fun on Music Row while also raising awareness for our organization and mission to create a more confident cancer journey for adults impacted by cancer, anywhere.”

Along with this kick-off celebration, the MPCF is continuing to collect “Minnie Moments.”  The campaign features stories from the clients, survivors and caregivers who have used MPCF’s services and know the organization’s unique and compassionate guidance, as well as memories from celebrities and fans of Minnie Pearl. All are invited to share their “moment” at

With a reach well beyond Nashville, MPCF served thousands of patients in 2011, from 29 states, 3 Canadian provinces and South Africa, showing continued evidence for the organization’s priceless role in the cancer continuum. For more information visit and stay tuned for more celebration news all year.

Hats Across the Row enjoys the support of Platinum sponsor SunTrust Bank. The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation’s 2012 year of celebration is sponsored by The Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI).

About The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation (MPCF):
Celebrating 25 years in 2012, The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation was formed in 1987. After Sarah Cannon, also known as comedienne “Minnie Pearl”, was successfully treated for breast cancer, she became a passionate supporter in the fight against cancer and in 1992 offered her stage name to the Foundation. The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public charity, offers:

  • Decision support regarding clinical trials, treatment information, and options
  • Personalized guidance and support to complement and navigate cancer care
  • Nutrition and side effect management consultations
  • Comprehensive educational and informational materials
  • Inspirational and educational online videos and forum

The services, which are FREE of charge regardless of treatment facility, complement cancer treatment by assisting people in navigating their way through a cancer diagnosis and positively influencing their quality of life. The MPCF is an active organization whose guiding principles honor Minnie Pearl’s generosity and caring spirit.

In addition to celebrating 25 years in 2012, the MPCF celebrates Minnie Pearl’s 100th birthday. For more information on Minnie’s legacy, the MPCF, and the latest news on MPCF’s year of celebration, please visit