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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Hollywood’s biggest stars walked the red carpet Friday for the third Stand Up to Cancer telethon.
Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sofia Vergara and Robert Pattinson were among dozens of stars who turned out for the nationally televised event which is raising millions of dollars to fight cancer.
Lisa Sigell, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9 at 6 p.m., said that so far, SU2C has raised $180 million for research teams across the country.
Coldplay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw were slated to perform at the event, which was being held at the Shrine Auditorium in Exposition Park. It started at 8 p.m. on CBS2.
“I stand up for everyone. Everyone who has been affected. Everyone who is currently affected. All of the survivors,” said Olympian Missy Franklin. “Everyone knows someone who has cancer.”
Cancer survivor Ethan Zohn of “Survivor” fame told Sigell, “Being a two-time cancer survivor, this event really means so much to me. The money raised here tonight has funded medicines that I’ve been on that saved my life.”
“I hope that people out there who are watching feel like they’re not alone. That everybody is connected by this horrible disease and isn’t it ridiculous that we haven’t done something about it,” said actress Dana Delany.
Stand Up To Cancer, which also receives corporate donations, is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the TV and movie industries.
The American Association for Cancer Research is the scientific partner of Stand Up To Cancer and conducts scientific oversight of its research projects in conjunction with the SU2C advisory committee.
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