Kathie Lee & Hoda: Angelina Jolie Mastectomy & Robin Hood Foundation

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Kathie Lee And Hoda Robin Hood Foundation Gala

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Angelina Jolie Mastectomy & Robin Hood Foundation

Angelina Jolie battled breast cancer privately and recently revealed her struggle. (Featureflash / Shutterstock.com)

On May 14, Hoda went to the 2013 Robin Hood Foundation Gala, which raised $72 million towards the goal of ending poverty in New York City. Five thousand people went to the event. Hoda rubbed shoulders with the likes of Brian Williams, Jimmy Fallon, Elton John, Justin Timberlake and Sting. The foundation has been fighting poverty for over 20 years, and 100% of donations go directly to services provided by the charity.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda: Angelina Jolie Mastectomy

Actress, philanthropist, and famous mother Angelina Jolie wrote an essay for The New York Times revealing her decision to have a double mastectomy after her doctors revealed that she had a 87% of getting breast cancer. This reality hit close to home for Hoda, who battled with breast cancer in the past.

Kathie Lee commented, “She’s a human being…and those kinds of things remind you that we’re all just flesh and blood.” In the United States, 40 thousand women lose their lives to breast cancer every year. Hoda Kotb recalled getting diagnosed with breast cancer, and said her boss reminded her that the odds of survival are very high. Kathie Lee said of medical improvements, “We are making strides.”

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