Tonight, September 10 at 8PM Eastern/7PM Central, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX will join in a simultaneous broadcast to Stand Up to Cancer. HBO, Discovery Health, E!, MLB Network and The Style Network will also carry the show this year.
Stars from television, movies, music and sports will join cancer survivors in an effort to raise money for cancer research.
Diane Sawyer says,
The broadcast is a way of saying, ‘Together, we can do this’ And yes, we’re losing one person every minute, but 11 million survivors are out there; living proof that this can be done. It will also be an opportunity for everybody to figure out concrete ways that they can do the things that they connect to the most strongly.
100 percent of donations raised by SU2C will used for cutting-edge cancer research, including directly funding innovative, high-risk, proposals that often are not supported by conventional funding sources, but have the potential to improve the lives of cancer patients.
Nearly $75 million in funds raised during the 2008 broadcast are supporting five Dream Teams that take a collaborative approach to solving critical cancer problems. Teams include more than 300 researchers from 20 institutions as well as patient advocates.
In addition, almost $10 million is dedicated to the work of young cancer scientists doing innovative research. The SU2C Innovative Research Program was established in honor of the late Judah Folkman.
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the scientific partner for SU2C, reviewing proposals and overseeing grants through its Scientific Advisory Committee.
Colorectal Cancer Coalition Chair Nancy Roach chairs the Stand Up to Cancer Advocacy Advisory Council. The Council brings the patient and family perspective to cancer issues important to the project.
The AACR-SU2C Clinical Trials Navigator will have extended hours during the broadcast and the following weekend. You can reach them at 1-877-769-4829.