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Frosted Pink hits the ice on ABC

Baiul, Cohen among those skating in charity event

Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen laces up her skates before performing at Frosted Pink on Ice.
Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen laces up her skates before performing at Frosted Pink on Ice. (Todd Wawrychuk, Image Group LA (Courtesy of Frosted Pink))

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By Mike Scarr / icenetwork.com
(10/11/2007) - With an eye toward awareness and a call to action, Frosted Pink uses a targeted attack in the fight against cancer.

The multimedia two-year campaign encourages people to take action on women's cancers, and one of those initiatives is featured on television this Sunday.

A figure skating program called Frosted Pink on Ice will air on ABC at 4 p.m. ET, Oct. 14, and will also be re-broadcast on the Style cable network. The two-hour program features an all-star skating and entertainment cast with the overall aim of fighting and surviving cancers that primarily affect women.

Sharing host duties for the event that was held Oct. 6 in Santa Monica, Calif., were skating great Peggy Fleming and music celebrity Sharon Osbourne.

Co-produced by former Olympian and current skating commentator Sandra Bezic, the program also features Oksana Baiul, Kristi Yamaguchi, Sasha Cohen and Nancy Kerrigan.

Olivia Newton-John and Heart headlined the musical portion of the program.

"Frosted Pink is a stirring platform to motivate many more women to learn ovarian cancer's symptoms and how to take action," said Sherry Salway Black, executive director, Ovarian Council National Alliance. "It also is a stellar example of women's cancer organizations working together to empower and educate people on women's cancers."

Frosted Pink is a partnership between Edge Entertainment, ABC and four national women's cancer advocacy and educational organizations in the country: the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society report more than a quarter of a million women are diagnosed with women's cancers each year and a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States once every three minutes.

"Participation in Frosted Pink provides an opportunity for the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation to reach a broader audience," said Karen Carlson, GCF executive director. "At GCF we believe that knowledge is power, so we greatly appreciate this unique opportunity to empower women to make more informed decisions about their gynecologic health."

A gold medalist at the Olympic Winter Games in 1968 in Grenoble, France, Fleming also won five national titles and three world titles. Following her skating career, Fleming became a TV analyst for ABC Sports and, along with husband Greg, operates Fleming Jenkins Vineyard & Winery.

Fleming was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and has since shared her experiences with the public to help raise awareness.

Wife of rock icon Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne was thrust into the public consciousness after appearing in MTV's reality show "The Osbournes." She later became a judge on the talent shows "The X Factor" and "America's Got Talent." Osbourne has been successful in her own right, though, as a music manager and promoter. Her autobiography, Extreme, has sold in excess of two million copies.

Osbourne was diagnosed with colon cancer in July 2002 and in August 2004 she founded the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars Sinai Hospital.

Newton-John, also a cancer survivor, opened the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia, in partnership with Austin Health.

The Frosted Pink skaters featured 11 Olympians, three of whom won gold medals, while five won silver and another earned bronze. Olympic champions Baiul and Yamaguchi were joined by pairs silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto; Cohen, a silver medalist in 2006 in Turin; and Rosalynn Sumners, who won silver in Sarajevo in 1984.

Also skating were Kerrigan, a silver and bronze Olympic medalist; double gold medalist Katia Gordeeva, who partnered with her late husband Sergei to win in 1988 and 1994; world champion Kurt Browning; and pairs skaters Rena Inoue and John Baldwin, who completed the first throw triple Axel in major competition.

Inoue is a lung cancer survivor while Baiul lost her mother to ovarian cancer when she was 13.

Joining Newton-John and Heart on the entertainment side were Anastacia, Kenny "Babyface" Edmunds, country music star Craig Morgan, Rascal Flatts, and Joss Stone.

Also performing was the Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Survivors Mass Choir, the signature program under Shades of Pink, Inc. The non-profit group was nominated as Best Gospel Choir by the Gospel Choice Awards in 2005

"Each of us knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and hopefully this show will help bring further attention to the fight," said Gary Levox of Rascal Flatts. "We wish for the day that no mother, sister, wife or daughter ever have to come to terms with this disease."