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Stand Up To Cancer Raises $100 Million

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, September 08, 2008 9:59 AM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Cancer, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, FDA and Prescription Drugs, Drug Products

Stand up to cancer raises 100 million for research that is not generated by drug companies.



IMAGE SOURCE:  Stand Up To Cancer web site


In an unusual merging of the usually competitive three major television networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – the Friday night “Stand Up To Cancer” telethon raised more than $100 million for cancer research. 

Both celebrities and broadcast news anchor were joined together by the Entertainment Industry Foundation to earmark the funds for new research and experimental therapies, particularly “translational research” which encourages researchers join efforts rather than compete for research monies generated by drug companies looking to maximize profits with the next big drug.

The Entertainment Industry Foundation is a charitable organization whose head, Lisa Paulsen, vowed that 100 percent of the money would go directly to fund research.

The money will be administered by the American Association for Cancer Research, which is the oldest and largest cancer research program worldwide.

10.3 million viewers saw the commercial-free prime time hour which ran simultaneously on the three networks.  The show was the most-watched show on broadcast television according to Nielsen Media Research. Fox and the CW topped the telethon in the number of viewers.  

Jack Black, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry Keanu Reeves, John McCain, Barak Obama, Katie Couric, Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate, Patrick Swayze, Beyonce among others have all had their lives impacted by cancer they said.

CBS news anchor Katie Couric lost her husband ten years ago from colon cancer as well as her sister.  The wife of Charles Gibson of ABC News has battled breast cancer.  Brian Williams of NBC has seen both his sister and mother die of the disease.

Cancer, the uncontrolled growth of diseased cells, spreads through the body invading healthy organs. The newly discovered map of genetic mutations behind some of the most aggressive cancers – glioblastoma and pancreatic cancer – are offering hope for new diagnostic tests and better treatments.

Every year, the American Cancer Society predicts 1,437,180 new cancer cases are diagnosed and more than 500,000 in the U.S. die from the disease which takes more than six million worldwide each year. #  

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