Stand Up to Cancer
Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) is a charitable program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). SU2C aims to raise significant funds for translational cancer research through online and televised efforts. Central to the program is a telethon that was televised by three major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) in over 170 countries on September 5, 2008. SU2C raised over $100 million after that evening's broadcast.
Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Kathleen Lobb, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, and Ellen Ziffren. All current members of the CFA were co-producers of the 2012 televised special. The late co-founder Laura Ziskin executive produced both the Sept. 5, 2008, and Sept. 10, 2010, broadcasts. SU2C was formally launched on May 27, 2008. Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., has served as SU2C’s president and CEO since 2011.
The telethon returned on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 8/7c to ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Bio., Current, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, Mun2, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, Style Network, TV One and VH1.
The Telethon returned on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 8/7c to ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, E!, VH1, Style Network, Smithsonian Channel, VH1 Classic, Ion Television, TBS, Encore, Starz, HBO, Showtime, HBO Latino, Bio., MLB Network, LMN, Mun2, Palladia and Logo TV.
The Telethon returned on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8/7c to ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, E!, VH1, Cooking Channel, Epix, TNT, Ion, Bravo, National Geographic Channel, Encore, Encore Español, Starz, HBO, Showtime, HBO Latino, FXM, Pivot, Oxygen, MLB Network, LMN, Smithsonian Channel, Fox Sports 2, ESPNews, Discovery Fit & Health, Palladia and Logo TV.
The Stand Up to Cancer initiative aims to raise awareness and bring about an understanding that everyone is connected by cancer. The stat used most often by SU2C is from the American Cancer Society: one out of every two men and one out of every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, meaning everyone is affected in some way, or will be.
Listed as partners, known SU2C corporate, private and foundation donors include:
- American Cancer Society
- The Anneberg Foundation
- Bloomberg Philathropies
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- The Dream Fund
- Fox Family Cancer Research Trust
- Kay Unger
- Major League Baseball
- Milken Family Foundation
- Prostate Cancer Foundation
- Room Key
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Sean Parker Foundation
- The Safeway Foundation
- Sidney Kimmel Foundation For Cancer Research
- Steve Tisch
- Stonyfield Farm
- Lew Wolff
- The Lauren Ziskin Family Trust