Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Comic Strip Jump Starts Toni Braxton’s Pericarditis Campaign

PHILADELPHIA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Toni Braxton is known for her singing voice but it’s the way she’s speaking out about a disease that is inspiring one comic strip artist.

Robb Armstrong, the creator of the cartoon Jump Start, recently dedicated a series of strips to a disease called pericarditis, which is inflammation of tissues surrounding the heart.

Braxton suffers from the disease, a fact Armstrong learned while reading a medical journal. The story of her struggle inspired him to dedicate a series of strips to raising awareness about the illness, and he used Braxton’s name to add realism.

Of course Armstrong asked for permission to mention Braxton and sent her the original drawings as his way of saying thanks.

He has no way of knowing if the pericarditis plot line inspires fans of the strip to get checked for the disease but he says Braxton’s approval of his strip “leaves the door open for her to make a return visit.”

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