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Stand Up to Cancer

September 8, 2008

Last week, CBS, NBC and ABC put on an hour-long, commercial-free fundraising show, Stand Up to Cancer, featuring celebrities like Patrick Swayze, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Lance Armstrong, and presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain. These stars spoke about how cancer has touched their lives either personally or through loved ones.

The truth is cancer kills 550,000 Americans and six million people worldwide every year. Armstrong compared that to 9/11 every two days! With donations from celebrities and other viewers, Jennifer Aniston said, "This is where the end of cancer begins."

The goal of the evening was to motivate the public to demand that as a country we do better and raise and spend money in a way that will lead to better, less toxic treatments for cancer patients. Stand Up to Cancer wants to raise funds for "translational research," which encourages scientists to work together and turn basic science into applicable therapies for patients.

News networks and celebrities made history by bringing more awareness to cancer. Imagine if we could increase awareness about nutrition, stress management and other ways to prevent disease. It’s a start.

If you want to get involved, visit Stand Up to Cancer’s website.