StandU2C pits celebrities against cancer

Tonight all 3 major networks, as well as a number of cable networks will televise the 2010 StandU2C (Stand Up to Cancer)  telethon at 8 pm EST. Hosted by news anchors Katie Couric, Brian Williams, and Diane Sawyer, the star-studded telethon hopes to beat the $ 100 million level they reached in September 2008. Celebrities manning the phones will include Adam Sandler, Cheryl Hines, David Archuleta, Diane Lane, Denzel Washington, Apolo Anton Ohno, George Clooney, and Gwyneth Paltrow (just to name a few).

What is SU2C?

SU2C is a charitable program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) established by media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders who have been affected by cancer. It distinguishes itself from other organizations in its unique funding model, developed with the help of prominent cancer researchers, encourages collaboration and innovation through two new types of scientific grants:

Dream Team grants are awarded to multi-institutional groups of scientists who work collaboratively, rather than competitively, to develop new treatments quickly in order to save lives now.
Innovative Research Grants support groundbreaking cancer research projects that are high-risk but could also be high-impact, and have the potential to significantly affect patient care. ”

Also present tonight will be a number of celebrities who have been affected by cancer. We have done stories about many of  these people. They include:

Celebrity Year Diagnosed Type of Cancer
Sophia Vergara 2002 Thyroid
Michael Douglas 2010 Throat
Christina Applegate 2009 Breast
Michael C. Hall 2009 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Maura Tierney 2009 Breast
Lance Armstrong 1996 Testicular
Elizabeth Edwards 2004, 2007 Breast
Ethan Zohn, (Stem Cell Transplant) 2009 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Kareem-Abdul Jabbar 2008 Leukemia
Fran Drescher 2000 Uterine
Marissa Jaret Winokur 2000 Uterine
Robin Roberts 2007 Breast

To Donate to SU2C, click here.

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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