updated 09/04/2008 AT 9:25 AM ET
•originally published 09/04/2008 AT 9:45 AM ET
When it comes to fighting cancer, all women – including celebrities – have got to stick together. That was the message from Kelly Ripa Wednesday, as she hosted an event to kick off Ovarian Cancer Month.
“A friend was diagnosed [with the disease] and I wanted to learn more about early detection,” she told PEOPLE at the Electrolux-sponsored fund-raiser. “It’s my mission to get the word out.”
“It takes a lot of courage to come forward and help other women and to get ahead of [the disease] like that,” Ripa said of the Samantha Who? star. “It really made me call my doctor to get tested.”
– Liz McNeil