Christina Applegate is damn funny. The brilliant comedic actress is also mom to 3-year-old Sadie Grace and a passionate advocate of breast cancer awareness, having undergone a double mastectomy herself in 2008. As part of our ongoing Inspired Moms series, presented by ViaCord, we sat down with Christina to talk about her new movie, the cool kids’ shopping site she recently launched, and exactly how she helps underprivileged women with increased risk of breast cancer.
Tell us about your charity, Right Action for Women. Right Action for Women provides assistance to women who are at increased risk of breast cancer and do not have insurance or the financial flexibility to cover the high costs associated with breast screenings. I established Right Action for Women after receiving my own breast cancer diagnosis, to help educate women about what it means to be at “high risk” for breast cancer and to encourage them to talk to their doctors about appropriate screening. What kind of assistance does the organization provide? MRI is one of the breast screening tests recommended by the American Cancer Society for women with increased risk for breast cancer. One of these tests saved my life. Unfortunately though, this service is not always covered by insurance and many women across the country cannot afford the high costs of a breast MRI. I hope, through Right Action for Women, we can continue making MRIs accessible to as many women as we can. Aside from your personal experience with breast cancer, what drives you to help others in need? I feel it is important to put goodwill out there whenever possible, especially if you are fortunate enough to have a platform that can reach the public to help educate, raise awareness, and bring action. Any advice for “regular” moms who want to get involved in a charity? There are a lot of philanthropic opportunities out there, starting with one’s own community. I would suggest finding a charity or cause that you feel passionate about, one where you feel you can actually help and make a difference. The first step is to do some research and sign up, the charity will be able to tell you how you can help. How do you carve out the time for this important work? Commit to a certain number of hours each week. As any mom will attest, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. But if something is important to you, be it work, charity, fitness, cooking, you will find time for it. It might not always be consistent, but as long as you put in the effort, you will be able to make it happen. We’re new fans of your cool shopping site, Fabkids.com. Tell us a little more about it. FabKids is basically shopping for kids, made easy. You go to the website (Fabkids.com) and take a style quiz, which lets you know if your kid is more boho, rock, preppy, etc. Then each month you’ll receive an email with personalized outfit picks. And we have a really great deal for new VIP customers—they can get their first outfit for just $15 + free shipping right now. Nice deal. What was the original idea behind the site? Fabkids was created to empower kids to express their individuality through personalized fashion. I think that is an amazing thing for children, to promote self-esteem and encourage them to be themselves. It is a great secret weapon for any busy mom. Anything to save a few minutes! Any other projects you are working on right now? FOX’s The Book of Life (released on October 17). It is a beautiful animated film that celebrates Mexico’s Day of the Dead. I play Mary Beth, the storyteller. And I am currently filming New Line’s update of Vacation, alongside Ed Helms, to be released in October 2015. Ohh, hilarious!. Can’t wait for that one. Thanks for taking the time to chat, and for inspiring us!