Heaps of A-list celebrities, including Julia Roberts, Justin Timberlake, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Matt Damon and more, gathered in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 7 to raise money at the biennial telethon Stand Up to Cancer. The charity, started by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, brings together Hollywood heavyweights to raise money in an effort to find a cure for the devastating disease.
This year’s event was broadcast on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, E!, VH1, Style Network, Smithsonian Channel, Ion Television, TBS, Encore, Starz, HBO, Showtime, HBO Latino, Bio., MLB Network, LMN, Mun2, Palladia and Logo — not to mention streamed online — and brought cancer survivors and patients together with the stars to raise funds.
Although it was nice to see famous faces supporting a great cause, not to mention fabulous performances by Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Coldplay and more, it was the packages featuring everyday folks dealing with the disease that really hit home. Cancer affects everyone, regardless of age, race or economic status, and if you didn’t get tears in your eyes watching the bravery of some of these people, you might have to check that your heart is working properly.
You can donate money at standup2cancer.org. What was your favorite moment of the telethon? Were you moved to tears too?