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Mira Sorvino on Raising Awareness for Metastatic Breast Cancer After Losing Two Friends

Mira Sorvino is a woman of many passions, but she’s bringing her drive to one particular movement.

The actress, 51, is raising awareness for metastatic breast cancer as part of the Thriver Movement — which aims to bring more attention, more research and more solutions to support people living with MBC.

As part of the movement, Sorvino will share a yoga pose on her social media accounts on Thursday — and for every post shared with #MoreForMBC, $100 will be donated to breast cancer advocacy groups.

Sorvino lost two best friends to the deadly disease — including childhood friend Champagne Joy, who died on March 2017 at the age of 49.

“I lost my friend and I was committed to continuing her legacy,” Sorvino tells PEOPLE. “My friend was a wild, exuberant, colorful person. Hilarious and warmhearted. She became this charismatic leader of all these other women and she brought me into that.”

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“Not many people know this but men can get it too,” Sorvino says of MBC. “This is a disease that needs so much more attention than it gets. I’ve been so proud to get close to many people living with metastatic breast cancer. I’ve done marches on Washington a few years ago [and] I helped them raise money.”

Sorvino adds, “I feel like we’re put on Earth to not only do our destinies but to serve.”

The Oscar-winning actress’ efforts will lead up to National MBC Awareness Day on Oct. 13, in which she and celebrity fitness trainer Anna Kaiser will encourage everyone to strike a pose for the Thriver Movement.

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