STAND UP TO CANCER ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $100 MILLION RAISED IN UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT TO END CANCER'S REIGN AS A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH
September 7, 2008 – LOS ANGELES, CA: The historic September 5th Fundraising Special Aired on ABC, CBS and NBC, and Seen in Over 170 Countries.
Stand Up To Cancer today announced that from its launch on May 28, 2008, through September 5, 2008's historic simultaneous commercial-free telecast, the initiative has raised more than $100 million to accelerate ground-breaking research and bring new therapies to patients more quickly. This unprecedented collaboration among the major television networks, entertainment industry executives, over 100 celebrities, and prominent leaders in cancer research and patient advocacy is designed to end cancer's reign as a leading cause of death. Patriot Communications provided the overall telecommunications, call center, and Internet donation processing support for this extraordinary event. "On behalf of the Stand Up To Cancer leadership team, we are tremendously grateful to everyone who contributed to make this historic event a success," said Lisa Paulsen, President & CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization for the television and film business that serves as the fiduciary behind Stand Up To Cancer. "This money will go directly to funding the research programs necessary to defeat this insidious disease. This remarkable achievement was made possible by the generosity of ABC, CBS and NBC; performers who volunteered their time to participate in the broadcast; viewers who phoned in; the substantial contributions from corporations, organizations and philanthropists; and the thousands of people who donated through our website. The Stand Up To Cancer movement has only just begun. Together, we can make the difference in this fight." The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will conduct expert scientific review of the research projects and administer funds raised through the initiative under the direction of a Scientific Advisory Committee. Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT chairs the Committee, which includes highly accomplished clinical investigators, senior laboratory researchers and physician-scientists. Designation of Stand Up To Cancer research program grants will be announced soon. But the effort to raise funds for additional Stand Up To Cancer scientific "Dream Team" research programs has only just begun. And donations to Stand Up To Cancer are ongoing. Funds will continue to be raised from corporations, organizations and philanthropists. Individual donations can also be made anytime at the www.standup2cancer.org website or by calling the donation line at 1-888-90-STAND. Additional fundraising efforts include "Just Stand Up" - a new song conceived by Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid, co-produced with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, and performed by more than a dozen of the world's most accomplished female recording artists. “Just Stand Up” is available exclusively on iTunes with proceeds from the sale of the single going to Stand Up To Cancer . The September 5th Stand Up To Cancer telecast will be available for streaming on ABC, CBS and NBC. Every day, cancer kills 1,500 Americans - one person every minute. This year, more than 550,000 Americans and six million people worldwide will succumb to this vicious disease. One out of three women and one in every two men will be diagnosed in their lifetimes. With advances in technology and research, scientists are close to pushing cancer from a disease that all too often takes lives to one people largely triumph over. www.standup2cancer.org