Celebrities on "Stand Up to Cancer" Reveal Personal Battles with the Disease
More than 100 celebrities will grace the small screen again tonight to raise money for cancer research. The hour-long “Stand Up to Cancer” will be televised on four major US television networks – ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC – and will feature celebrities who have faced their own battles with the disease.
One of the show’s co-hosts is Katie Couric. The popular news anchor lost her husband, Jay, to colon cancer when he was only 42. Just three years later, pancreatic cancer took the life of her sister, Emily. “[Cancer] completely destroyed my family twice,” she told PEOPLE magazine in 2008.
Celebrities champion the cause of Cancer Awareness.
In 2007, Couric championed for colorectal cancer awareness by undergoing a televised colonoscopy. Her efforts spurred a nationwide increase in the number of screenings in the US in the nine months following the show.
Ethan Zohn, season 3 winner of the CBS series Survivor, will also appear. Zohn was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease last year and has undergone chemotherapy. Last August, he learned that the cancer had returned, and underwent a stem cell transplant. In May, he received his first clean CT scan, says girlfriend Jenna Morasca, also a Survivor contestant.
Cancer has affected Zohn in other ways as well. Fellow survivor castmate and friend Jenn Lyon died from breast cancer in January.
Marcia Cross, best known for her role as Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives, will appear on the Stand Up to Cancer telethon as well. Her husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, but thankfully is “100% clear” at the moment, Cross tells TV Guide. She adds that “Cancer So Doesn’t Care if You’re Famous.”
Michael Douglas can attest to that statement. The veteran actor was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Throat Cancer. Douglas will also appear on tonight’s telethon as will other fellow celebrity cancer survivors including Michael C. Hall, Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong and Maura Tierney.
Stand Up to Cancer raised more than $104 million during last September’s telecast.