Telethon encourages people to ‘Stand Up to Cancer’

By Beth Schumacher

“Cancer’s in for one hell of a fight.”

Michael Douglas set the tone for third Stand Up to Cancer telethon, which aired commercial-free from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday on major television networks. The telethon’s mission was to take a stand for those who have lost their lives to cancer, those who are fighting cancer and the friends and family who have been affected by it.

Testimonials of people struck by the disease were presented through short films. Justin Miller, a young boy diagnosed with cancer, has relapsed five times, yet still has the fight to continue treatment. His statement, “I don’t really think about me passing away. But if I do, I’m taking my Legos with me,” touched the hearts of every person watching.

A mother who was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer while pregnant talked about being strong for her family with community support.

All of the testimonials showed cancer has no bias; it will pick a fight with anyone.

Jessica Biel, Seth Rogen, Justin Timberlake, Julia Roberts, Robert Pattinson and several other celebrities gave their time to speak for the cause and answer phones for the telethon. Musicians Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Tim McGraw performed songs dedicated to those fighting. Major League Baseball even got involved to help promote support and research.

According to an article in the Huffington Post, the telethon raised more money to add to their grand total of $180 million over the last four years Stand Up to Cancer has been active.

According to the Huffington Post, cancer takes the lives of 1,500 Americans each day. With a joint effort, we can find the cure.

If you missed the telethon, you can still donate and get involved. Visit the Stand Up to Cancer website at You can donate money, buy merchandise, launch a star for someone and find multiple ways to get involved in the movement.