When Olivia Newton-John first learned she had breast cancer 25 years ago, she received chemotherapy for her body, but had trouble finding treatment to help settle her mind.
That’s why she went on to create the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in her native Melbourne, Australia. The facility played a critical role this year when the pop music icon learned the cancer had returned, spreading to her lower back.
“When I went through cancer the first time, I did chemotherapy, even though I was very afraid of doing it. But I also did a lot of supportive things for myself,” the singer told TODAY. “To have a place that supports the people that are going through it and their families is my dream. It’s here. And I’m so thrilled.”