Okay, so I can’t really invite you to attend the Stand Up To Cancer telethon. But I can encourage everyone to stay home tonight in your comfiest pair of sweatpants and watch the telethon along with me!
The Stand Up To Cancer telethon is a major fundraising initiative for the charitable program of the same name. The money raised by the SU2C telethon will be used to fund collaborative, rather than competitive, cancer research in an attempt to bring the most promising findings to the public as soon as possible. SU2C does this by focusing their research dollars in two ways:
Dream Team grants, which are awarded to multi-institutional groups of scientists who work collaboratively, rather than competitively, to develop new treatments quickly in order to save lives now. You can learn more about SU2C’s first five Dream Teams here.
Innovative Research grants, which support groundbreaking cancer research projects that are high-risk but could also be high-impact and have the potential to significantly affect patient care. To learn more about the first recipients of SU2C’s Innovative Research Grants, click here.
Through these two avenues of support, the SU2C program aims to bring scientists together to work on cancer research with the greatest likelihood of directly helping patients and their families as soon as possible. Unlike many organizations, SU2C doesn’t limit itself to just one type of cancer. Instead, SU2C recognizes that every one of us will be touched by cancer in some way and therefore aims to fund research that could potentially impact how multiple types of cancer are treated in order to benefit as many people as possible. In short, it’s a great program and one highly deserving of your support!
The Stand Up To Cancer telethon will air tonight, September 10th at 8pm EST/PST and 7pm CMT. You can find the telethon on all three of the main networks as well as a number of cable networks.
If you would like to donate to Stand Up To Cancer, you can do so here. Or, if you want the chance to talk to your favorite celebrity, you can wait until tonight and call in live. To learn more about Stand Up To Cancer, please click here.
Please note that I got a lot of this information from the Stand Up to Cancer website and their Wikipedia page, as well as from my own knowledge of the organization.