We are so excited for the third telecast of Stand Up to Cancer here at CURE. We've been following the campaign since it first began in 2007. It brings together two aspects that are so dear to us at CURE: the science of cancer research and the humanity of the people who are affected by it, including patients, survivors, caregivers, researchers, medical professionals: anyone affected by this horrible disease. We hope you will join us in this live blog of the telecast. We'll be posting your comments and tweets from Facebook, too, so watch and blog with us!8:00 p.m.
I really expected it to be a two-hour telecast. It just seemed to end abruptly. Well, I'm making my donation and looking forward to hearing more about the Dream Teams at the next AACR meeting! "If you don't shoot high, you're never going to reach the target." 7:54 p.m.
Lindsay says she's impressed they're focusing on young adults. This is a cancer population that are in-between. They are between the survival gains we've made in childhood cancer and adult cancers. They have few specific clinical trials. They have unique psychosocial, financial and emotional issues. We'll be featuring young adults in our Fall issue later this month, and the unique struggles they face during and after cancer.7:52 p.m.
@SU2C: "I just keep going, keep fighting, and something great will come of it." Help Hillary Kind's fight. Give @ su2c.orgI know they're going for the heartstrings to raise money, but you have to give it to them that they don't pull punches. This is cancer. It's not pretty. It's not easy conversations. It's both heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. 7:46 p.m.
Several survivors I'm friends with on Facebook have said they're not watching; too emotional. Nancy tweeted: "I kno the StandUp2Cancer telecast is on tonight, but I can't make myself watch. Cancer saturation for me. Worthy cause tho. Are u watching?"What about you? It is very hard to watch a lot of the stories if you're dealing with cancer, have lost someone to cancer... but I can also see how it could be very empowering.7:37 p.m.
Jon just remarked that he's amazed that this is truly becoming a worldwide event. Coldplay performs, from Paris, their song, "Paradise," in honor of another childhood cancer patient. 7:25 p.m.
Taylor Swift is debuting her song written for a 3-year-old little boy who died of neuroblastoma. Ronan's mother was credited as a co-writer. You can read more here: "Taylor Swift to debut song for cancer victim"Crying yet?7:24 p.m.
What a beautiful tribute to Laura Siskin. Tears. That didn't take long...7:17 p.m.
Justin reminds me so much of my little boy. He's a Lego-loving, ninja-wannabe, active kid. Heart goes out to his parents. What a brave little boy. What a great segue to raise money for the new SU2C Dream Team for pediatric cancers. I can't tell you how much this is needed! Pediatric cancers, while we've made a lot of progress over the years, there aren't many treatments that have been developed for childhood cancers. Great time to mention:In addition to online, you can donate to cancer research by phone or mail.Send donation to:Stand Up To Cancer
1801 W. Olympic Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91199-1224Make checks payable to SU2CDonate by making a call to our toll-free number today:
1.888.90.STAND (1.888.907.8263)7:15 p.m.
Jon just commented that he was so glad they interviewed Dr. Von Hoff. He was the moderator for the AACR Pancreatic Cancer meeting which featured some amazing research this summer. He also helped developed a remarkable skin cancer treatment last year!7:10 p.m.Pancreatic cancer is still a very hard cancer to treat. Stand Up to Cancer's Dream Teams are making gains in research, but we aren't there yet. The pancreatic cancer patient they featured is truly a miracle. But it also give us hope there can be more miracles! 7:00 p.m.
The telecast opens with an emotional welcome from Matt Damon, Michael Douglas and Julia Roberts: "This evening, let us unite and stand up to cancer."I love the fact that we've interviewed several of the researchers featured in the opening. They're the real deal, folks.6:55 p.m.
I talked with someone at the organization and they did confirm that they will be honoring Laura Ziskin tonight. We expected they would, as she was one of the co-founders of the Stand Up to Cancer movement. She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2004 and had a recurrence of metastatic cancer in 2010. After her first diagnosis, she said she wanted to help fund cancer research that could reach the patient quickly.When CURE spoke to her in 2010, she was enrolled in a phase 1 study, when she said: "I believe that I'll go along and that this will stop working, and then I'll have something else that will cure me."6:15 p.m.
Watching the "Live Streams Lounge" free on hulu.com before the telecast beings. Alison Sweeny (@ali_sweeney) is in the green room interviewing some of the celebrities. I'm wondering if there are a lot of people tuning in to the webcast, the stream is choppy.
(Should I tell Alison to turn her smartphone for a horizontal view?)