Stand Up 2 Cancer Rallies Stars To Cure Disease


Jim Parsons Stand Up To Cancer

Friday night Hollywood turned out for the groundbreaking webcast and telethon Stand Up 2 Cancer.  The star-studded event included amazing performances, celebrity guest stars and inspiring cancer survivors. We had a reporter on the ground capturing highlights of the night. Cancer is a serious illness. One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.  Stand Up 2 Cancer is an organization that raises money for cutting edge cancer research.  It helps millions of people each year cope and combat cancer.  Patients often beat insurmountable odds to survive their devastating illness. Like I said, it’s very serious.  That’s why I feel bad that my night at the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon was so much fun!

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The evening started with an opening reception and cocktails.  After a couple of hours of mingling (read: stalking) “Dexter’s” Michael C. Hall and “The Kid’s In The Hall” star Scott Thompson, I took my seat in the studio.  There were stars everywhere.  Cancer survivors Fran Drescher, Christina Applegate and Maura Tierney were on hand. Mark Harmon, Seth Rogen (swoon) and Elizabeth Banks plus a host of their famous friends manned the massive phone bank.

Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer opened the historic night.  They explained the purpose of the event, detailed startling statistics on cancer rates and introduced the 46 Mommas.  The 46 Mommas are a group of mothers who shaved their heads in solidarity with their children battling cancer.  These women raise awareness about cancer and money for Stand Up 2 Cancer.  They were amazing.

46 Mommas Stand Up 2 Cancer

Over the course of the evening, presentations were given by recent Emmy winners Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”), Patrick Swayze’s wife Lisa Niemi and (a pre-taped) Michael Douglas who was recently diagnosed with throat cancer . Comedian Ken Jeong even got naked to demonstrate the importance of routine skin cancer screenings. Yes, I tried to sneak a peek.

Ken Jeong stand up to cancer

The evening ended with musical performances from [lastfm]Neil Diamond[/lastfm], [lastfm]Kris Kristofferson[/lastfm], [lastfm]Leona Lewis[/lastfm], [lastfm]Natasha Bedingfield[/lastfm], [lastfm]Aaron Neville[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Martina McBride[/lastfm].  During her number,  [lastfm]Orianthi[/lastfm] blew the crowd away with an amazing guitar solo and even played with Heart during their show stopping performance of “Barracuda.”  The band is still spectacular. Be sure to catch their performance on demand.

aaron neville1 Stand Up 2 Cancer Rallies Stars To Cure Disease

The event ended with a lovely reception, and I ultimately made my way home. As I pulled out of the parking garage, Kyra Sedgwick  accidentally tripped in front of my car. While the show was absolutely spectacular,  receiving a wave from the iconic actress was worth my donation. I have one word to the wise. Smokers are not welcome.

Seriously, people give you dirty look… even if you’re wearing an awesome Stand Up 2 Cancer T-shirt and blogging the event.  Those 46 Mommas mean business.

Thanks to our friends in New York for creating an amazing gallery of the night!

Be sure to donate to Stand Up To Cancer and watch great clips on CBS.com

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  1. Ray Schiel says:

    I was able to attend the “Brave the Shave” event and take pictures of the “46 Mommas”.
    I put together a video of the event which can be viewed here.
    All the best to the 46 Mommas!

  2. Karla Knudson says:

    The Stand Up To Cancer event was amazing! I am one of the 46 Mommas who was there! I want to clarify, however, who we raise funds for. We raise funds for St. Baldrick’s foundation (http://www.stbaldricks.org) because of it’s commitment to funding the very best in PEDIATRIC oncology research. Their efforts and budget are focused on finding cures and better treatments for children.
    SU2C invited us to share our story on their show, but we are not financially connected to them. We appreciate the awareness we were able to generate by working with SU2C; we know that increased awareness will lead to more funding and eventually, lifelong cures.
    Right now in this country pediatric cancer research receives less than 3% of governmental funding, and is barely a line item in the budgets of the major ‘cancer foundations.’
    Stand Up To Cancer has not at this time made any financial contribution to our campaign, but we are grateful for the exposure.
    You are absolutely right that we mommas ‘mean business.’ We are currently planning our next big shave, with 46 NEW mommas. The event is slated for Sept. 21, 2011 and will be held in Union Station in Washington D.C. All aboard!!
    You can support our efforts and learn more about why we do what we do, here:

    http://46mommas.com/2011event
    http://46mommas.com/campaign
    http://46mommas.com
    http://www.stbaldricks.org

    Let’s CONQUER!
    fondly,
    Karla – 46 Momma, class of 2010

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