Stand Up To Cancer

Stars Stand Up to Cancer: Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Samuel L. Jackson

Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Samuel L. Jackson were among the celebrities who joined forces at the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon.

Robert Pattinson, Justin Timberlake, Matt Damon, Halle Berry and thyroid cancer survivor Sofia Vergara also turned out at the sombre televised event to lend their support to the campaign, which was launched by late Spider-Man franchise producer Laura Ziskin. She lost her battle against breast cancer in 2011, but was remembered with a special video featuring tributes from film stars Tobey Maguire and Emma Stone.

In the clip, Stone said, “Like every great hero, she had a vision and she set us into motion. And now it’s up to us to continue moving forward to achieve her dream.”

Hollywood icon Douglas, who beat throat cancer last year, urged viewers to donate to help find a cure for the killer illness to save other victims of the disease.

He told the audience, “It picked a fight with the wrong guy!… Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet… I stand tonight because I want to be part of this effort to find an end to cancer. This is possible… Cancer’s in for one hell of a fight.”

Country singer Taylor Swift fought back tears as she debuted a new song called Ronan, inspired by a three-year-old boy named Ronan Thompson, who died of the illness last year. The tune was made available for download after the show, with all proceeds being donated to the cancer charity.

Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw also took to the stage during the telethon, while British rockers Coldplay dedicated their performance of Paradise from their concert in Paris earlier that night to the cause.

Meanwhile, a slew of stars including actress Felicity Huffman, True Blood star Joe Manganiello, comedian Ray Romano, basketball ace Kobe Bryant and gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas manned the phones and chatted with those calling in to pledge donations throughout the night.

Friday’s event was produced by Paltrow, who took over the telethon from her pal Ziskin, and before the show, she opened up about losing her father Bruce to cancer in 2002.

She told reporters: “It’s been almost a decade now and I’m sort of more used to the fact that he’s not here in physical body. But I definitely feel his presence, and I think he would be really happy that I’m here tonight doing this and trying to spare other people from what he went through.”

The amount raised from the telethon was not available as WENN went to press.

Paltrow has also announced plans to take her cancer crusade to London and stage a similar event in October.

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Vanessa Hudgens To Donate One of A Kind Candie’s Couture Gown Auction To Beefit Stand Up To Cancer

Actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens has donated  the Candie’s Couture dress she wore at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards for a public charity auction on eBay to benefit Stand Up To Cancer. The silk georgette size-two gown, frosted with silver baby sequins, designed exclusively for Hudgens, will go live Monday, January 23rd at 4PM PT/7PM ET through Thursday, February 2 at 4PM PT/7PM ET at ebay.com/vanessahudgens. 
“I am proud to continue to support Stand Up To Cancer and all the incredible work they do,” said Hudgens.  “Cancer touches all of our lives in some way and I am honored to donate this gorgeous Candie’s Couture gown to help to raise funds and awareness for this important initiative.”
Hudgens, a strong SU2C supporter, participated in the star-studded “Change the Odds” PSA and was part of the 2010 Stand Up To Cancer telecast. Photos from the event can be found on her official website http://vanessahudgensofficial.com/news/stand-up-to-cancer-event/.
“We are very grateful to Vanessa and eBay for their ongoing support,” said Stand Up to Cancer co-founder and Entertainment Industry Foundation CEO Lisa Paulsen. “This generous donation and exciting auction helps further our mission to fund innovative life-saving research.”
This is Hudgen’s first auction through eBay Celebrity, a unique eBay shopping destination that auctions off celebrity-donated merchandise and memorabilia, benefiting charitable causes.  Other eBay celebrity participants include: Christina Aguilera, Jeff Bridges, Michael Cooper, Robert Duvall, Jimmie Johnson, Wladimir Klitschko, Sienna Miller, Hayden Panettiere, Katy Perry, Brad Pitt, Troy Polamalu, Tarina Tarantino, and Joe Walsh.

Stand Up To Cancer Telecast To Air September 10, 2010-Green Day

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The extraordinary line-up of actors, musicians, athletes and journalists participating in the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) primetime roadblock television fundraising event (September 10, 2010, at 8PM EST & PST / 7PM CT) continues to grow. The following supporters have now joined the broadcast: Elizabeth Banks, Kathy Bates, Sir Richard Branson, Michael Chiklis, George Clooney, Bill Hader, Dorothy Hamill, Anne Heche, Cheryl Hines, Vanessa Hudgens, John Krasinski, Dr. Jon Lapook, Rob Lowe, Marlee Matlin, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Lisa Niemi, Chris O’Donnell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Passmore, Naya Rivera, Will Smith, Sam Trammell, Denzel Washington, Aaron Yoo and Renée Zellweger.  


Musical guests scheduled to perform include: Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Neil Diamond, Jakob Dylan, The Edge, Delta Goodrem, Herbie Hancock, Kris Kristofferson, Lady Antebellum, Leona Lewis, Orianthi and Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart. These artists join previously announced performers including Natasha Bedingfield, Queen Latifah, Martina McBride, Aaron Neville, Dave Stewart and Stevie Wonder.

The Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) telecast will raise funds that will accelerate innovative cancer research. The live, one-hour fundraising event will be simulcast commercial-free on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Bio, Current TV, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, mun2, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, The Style Network, TV One and VH1 and hosted by network news anchors Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams. The broadcast will air in 195 countries, as well as on the Armed Forces Network.

Plain and simple, cancer takes too much from us,” said Laura Ziskin, SU2C co-founder and executive producer of the September 10th broadcast, who is a cancer survivor.  “Loved ones lost to it, pain and suffering endured by those in treatment, even the recent report that cancer has the most devastating economic impact of any cause of death…this disease exacts a very high price.  We want people all over the country to rise up and say, ‘ENOUGH!’ 

Tune in on Sept. 10th to see your favorite stars, who’ll ask, ‘Will you stand up with us?’  Person by person, saying ‘yes’ moves us toward a goal completely within our grasp: a world without cancer.  A donation of any size brings scientists one step closer to a cure,” Ziskin said.

Cat Deeley of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance will host the pre-show promotion to kickoff the evening as the celebrity phone bank opens at 4:30 PM PST.  A 30 minute online “after hours” extended play featuring jams with musical guests Fitz and the Tantrums, Orianthi, Natasha Bedingfield, and Heart will conclude the night’s events.  The pre-show promotion and extended play will be featured on numerous online portals and destination sites (which will all also stream the one hour special online) including:  ABC, ABC News, AOL, Bing, CBS, CBS News, Crackle, Discovery Health,  E! Online, FOX, G4, Hulu, Livestream, MLB Network,  MSN, mun2, NBC, Style Network, TV Guide, TV One, Ustream, VEVO, VH1,Wonderwall.MSN.com,omg.yahoo.com, and YouTube.

Previously announced participants in the September 10th special include: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tatyana Ali, Dave Annable, Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong, David Boreanaz, Abigail Breslin, Cindy Crawford, Fran Drescher, Elizabeth Edwards, Donald Faison, Sally Field, Derek Fisher, Michael C. Hall, Alyson Hannigan, Tony Hawk, Jon Heder, Marg Helgenberger, Terrence Howard, Ken Jeong, Rashida Jones, Minka Kelly, Laura Linney, Zachary Levi, Ray Liotta, Seth MacFarlane, Mandy Moore, Apolo Anton Ohno, Sharon Osbourne, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Jim Parsons, Aubrey Plaza, Dr. Ana Maria Polo, Yarel Ramos, Naya Rivera, Robin Roberts, Seth Rogen, The Simpsons, Eric Stonestreet, Marcia Strassman, Alison Sweeney, Maura Tierney, Gabrielle Union, Sofia Vassilieva, Sofia Vergara, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Reese Witherspoon and Ethan Zohn.

Also appearing on the September 10th special as an inspiration to those currently in the fight against cancer are Anne Feeley and Pearce Quesenberry.  A brain cancer survivor, Anne Feeley, at age 55, recently cycled from San Francisco to Washington D.C. to generate awareness about and funds for the fight against the disease. Pearce Quesenberry is a 13-year-od who was featured in the 2008 Stand Up To Cancer broadcast, as she was battling brain cancer.  Pearce is now cancer-free, and will participate in this year’s broadcast as a survivor.

The broadcast is dedicated to the 12 million U.S. cancer survivors, illustrating how groundbreaking research can change the tide in the fight against the disease.  Updates will be provided on the work of the five Stand Up To Cancer Dream Teams, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, will report on other new medical developments. 

SU2C’s star-studded television special builds continuing public support and donations for cutting-edge cancer research that translates at a rapid pace from the laboratory to treatments and technologies benefitting patients. One hundred percent of all donations received from the public will go directly to cancer research. Viewers will have the ability to donate via a dedicated phone line, the web, or through text. 

The 2008 telecast helped raise over $100 million. To date five multi-disciplinary “Dream Teams” of researchers from more than 50 institutions, as well as 13 young innovative scientists who are undertaking high-risk yet potentially high-reward projects have received SU2C funding. SU2C brings together these scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to work collaboratively, rather than competitively, at a critical time in the field of cancer research.