Stand Up to Cancer

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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.[citation needed]

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.[1] All current members of the CFA were co-producers of the 2012 televised special. The late co-founder Laura Ziskin executive produced both the September 5, 2008 and September 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.

In the United Kingdom, Channel 4, along with Cancer Research UK, launched its own version of Stand Up to Cancer in October 2012 and again in 2014.[2]

Another Stand Up To Cancer telethon aired on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8/7c. The telethon was broadcast, as before, on ABC, CBS, and NBC. This time, however, Fox, Ion Television, ABC Family, E!, VH1, Bravo, Audience Network, TNT, Oxygen, LMN, The Cooking Channel, ESPN News, MLB Network, FX Movie Channel, Pivot, National Geographic Channel, HBO, HBO Latino, Showtime, Starz, Encore, Epix, and Logo TV joined in the broadcast.

In Canada, the 2014 telethon aired September 5, 2014 in simultaneous substitution (in many areas) with the American telethon, simultaneously on English language networks CBC Television, City, CTV and Global, as well as CHCH-DT in Hamilton, Ontario, CHEK-DT Victoria, British Columbia, and specialty channels TLN, Fight Network, Gusto TV, AMI-TV and the Hollywood Suite channels. The Canadian broadcast of the telethon benefits EIF Canada, the Canadian arm of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, with all donations benefiting cancer research in Canada.


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,[3] meaning everyone is affected in some way, or will be.

British campaign[edit]

Genre Charity telethon
Presented by Davina McCall
Alan Car
Christian Jessen
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Original channel Channel 4
Original run October 2013  – present
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In October 2013, the Channel 4 network in the United Kingdom aired their first telethon for Stand Up to Cancer. It was hosted by Channel 4 favourites Davina McCall and Alan Carr along with TV doctor Christian Jessen.

No. Broadcast date Broadcast total Total Raised Presenters C4 rating (millions)
1 October 2012 £ £ Davina McCall, Alan Carr & Christian Jessen N/A
1 17 October 2014 £ £ N/A

Stars at Your Service[edit]

Was a spin-off from the main telethon in 2014. It aired on Channel 4.

Known donors[edit]

Fans "stand up to cancer" at a Phillies game on August 22, 2014
Major League Baseball umpires participate in a tribute to Stand Up to Cancer at a Philadelphia Phillies' game on August 22, 2014

Listed as partners, known SU2C corporate, private and foundation donors include:

Canadian partners for Stand Up to Cancer include:


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  2. ^ "Stand Up To Cancer". Channel 4. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  3. ^ ACS Cancer Facts and Figures 2008. Retrieved on 27 May 2008.

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