Cara Delevingne (pictured with sister Chloe above) and Spice Girl Mel C. joined 250 5K runners for “lady gardens” everywhere yesterday in support of a new U.K. gynecological cancer fund of the same name. The run was especially meaningful for Cara, whose sister Chloe is on the charity’s committee, made up entirely of members who have lost a friend, mother or sister to breast or gynecological cancer. Though Cara took a bit of a tumble (stars — they’re just like us!) she got right back up to finish out the race.
But this isn’t just a super important cause for Cara and Mel (seen showing off her new Lululemon race capris above) — it’s important for every single one of us with a vagina. Yes, vagina — Lady Gardens’ website cites a recent U.K. study, which found that 65% of 1,000 women weren’t even comfortable using the word to refer to their, ahem, lady bits, let alone addressing gynecological concerns by visiting a doctor (nearly 1/3 ages 16-35 said they wouldn’t go for this very reason). Considering that the same study found that women diagnosed with gynecological cancer had a 40% mortality rate, those are some pretty alarming stats!
Kudos to both ladies for showing their support for such a great cause!
Bonus: Score Cara’s awareness sweatshirt here ($39).
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Photos via @caradelevingne, @melc and Anthony Harvey/Getty