With the help of Friday night’s one-hour TV event, more than 100 million dollars has been raised for cancer research.
The amount comes not just from viewers of the “Stand Up to Cancer” special that was aired on three networks and a cable channel. It also includes money raised since last May, when the initiative was launched.
The organization behind it says all of the money will go directly to funding cancer research programs.
Research advocates and about 100 stars from music, sports, TV and film took part in Friday’s live event. They included Jennifer Garner, Jack Black, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Keanu Reeves. Sitcom star Brad Garrett underwent an on-the-air prostate exam.
The telecast was aimed not just at fundraising, but also at educating the public on cancer prevention and treatment.
Source: Associated Press