This Martina McBride Fan Really Took Her Song to Heart

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Music can be more than a melody; it can lead an entire movement, as country singer Martina McBride found out from one of her fans.

Sheila Jones, an Alabama mother and cancer fundraiser, was so inspired by McBride's song "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," about a woman with breast cancer, she decided to galvanize McBride's fan base and create a crusade for change.

The Huffington Post reports that, after hearing the song and feeling inspired, Jones decided to quit her job with the American Cancer Society and combine her fundraising talents with her love of country music. She established Team Martina, an organization dedicated to "volunteerism and the healing power of music," and recruited volunteers and donors through social media.

Team Martina participates in national and local fundraising events around the country to raise money for research.

"We've dedicated ourselves to picking tour dates during the year and doing a good deed in the town where she's playing," Jones told Huffington Post. "None of us get paid -- we just show up from 15 different states."

To date, they've raised over $130,000, and even recruited McBride for an event at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., where they delivered gifts and sang holiday carols.

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The video for McBride's song chronicles the stories of many women who've survived breast cancer, including Sheryl Crow, Robin Roberts, Katie Couric, and Hoda Kotb. The record was released in 2011 and nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards.

To learn more or get involved with Team Martina, follow the organization's Facebook page.