Celebrity-heavy Stand Up To Cancer Telethon to be Broadcast on More than 40 Networks

By Perry Stern 9/1/16 | www.samaritanmag.com

Celine Dion, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick and musical guests Keith Urban with Little Big Town will all be appearing on the one-hour Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) telethon Sept. 9, to be seen on 43 cable networks in North America.

To date, more than $370 million has been pledged to support SU2C’s “innovative model of collaborative cancer research,” according to SU2C.

Oscar-winning actor Bradley Cooper, who lost his father to lung cancer in 2011 and founded the Charles J Cooper Patient Support Fund in his honour, will executive produce the television show.

“No one is ever fully prepared to deal with the overwhelming and complex journey that comes with a cancer diagnosis,” Cooper said in a press statement. “Stand Up To Cancer works tirelessly to support those at the forefront of the fight against cancer. SU2C’s mission, to ensure that all cancer patients become cancer survivors, is one that is very close to my heart. I am proud to join forces to make this vision a reality and to be part of this movement that is dedicated to getting lifesaving treatments to cancer patients faster.”

Since launching in May 2008, “over 160 clinical trials have been planned, initiated, or completed by SU2C scientists, in which more than 9,000 patients have participated. One hundred percent of donations received from the public support collaborative cancer research programs,” it states on the web site.

There is also a Canadian arm of Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the registered charity Entertainment Industry Foundation Canada (EIF Canada), founded by the U.S.-based EIF to conduct charitable programs addressing health and other issues in Canada.  Donations made in Canada stay in Canada.

The Stand Up To Cancer telecasts have been produced every other year since 2008.

The broadcast can be seen on over 13 cable networks in Canada (four major networks: CBC, City, CTV, and Global, along with Canadian services: AMI, Bloomberg TV Canada, CHCH, CHEK, Fight Network, Hollywood Suite, Joytv, NTV and TLN) and 30 networks in the US, including the four majors: ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.

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