I normally save celebrity related cancer news for my CancerNews.US blog.

But I thought a grouping of several high profile stories might be “fun.”  So here goes…

Why we ‘Stand Up to Cancer’

By Eric Stonestreet, Special to CNN
updated 2:15 PM EDT, Fri September 7, 2012

Editor’s note: Eric Stonestreet plays Cameron Tucker on ABC’s comedy series “Modern Family,” a role in which he earned a 2010 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category.

(CNN) — I know what you’re thinking: What do Justin Timberlake and I have in common? First, we’re both responsible for bringing sexy back. Second, we’re both standing up to cancer on Friday.

Why? Well, I don’t know Justin’s connection to cancer, but I do know mine. I lost both of my grandfathers, an uncle and numerous friends to cancer. Additionally, my mother is a cancer survivor. (First, uterine cancer, and then kidney cancer.) And I know that all the stars who are coming out Friday night and all the viewers at home have been personally touched by cancer in some way.

They’ve seen the havoc the disease can wreak on a person’s life, family, friends and immune system. No matter who you are, how wealthy you are, how famous you are, cancer will find a way into your life, affecting you or someone you love.

Every day, 1,600 Americans die from cancer. Eight million people worldwide will die this year from the disease. In the U.S., one in every two men and one out of every three women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes.

Stand Up to Cancer is a movement designed to get top researchers from the best medical centers focused on highly specialized projects aimed at bringing new treatments to people faster and making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor.

We’re gearing up for a national election, yet it’s rare to hear leaders from either major political party say anything about cancer. We, the people, must. It’s why for years now, I’ve “spontaneously” showed up at baseball games and other events to support cancer research and on the Friday after Labor Day, I put on one of those fancy T-shirts and stand up to cancer with my friends from film, TV, music and sports.

Say what you want about the entertainment industry (and, really, what hasn’t been said?) but on this one, we’re getting it right. For all the issues and problems facing us all right now, this is one of the most pressing. It’s also one of the most promising…

Read more by CLICKING HERE.

I will do a follow-up post about Friday’s event soon.

Next, here’s a link to an update about how former U.S. Senator,Arlen Specter is doing while facing a non-Hodgkins lymphoma relapse.  Simply click on the headline link below to access the Huffington Post article:

Arlen Specter Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: What Is The Former Senator’s Condition?

Of course, we wish him the best!

Finally, what celebrity centered feature would be complete without a story about Taylor Swift?  Taylor Swift and cancer?  Why not!

Taylor Swift to debut song for cancer victim

AP Entertainment Writer
Published: Friday, Sep. 7, 2012

NEW YORK — Taylor Swift will pay tribute to a young cancer victim with a special song on Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon.

“Ronan” is dedicated to a 3-year-old boy who died last year of neuroblastoma. Swift wrote the song after reading the blog of Ronan’s mother, Maya Thompson, who is credited as a co-writer.

According to a person familiar with the show, but who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak, the song has never been performed in public. After the telethon, it will be available on iTunes; proceeds will go to cancer-related charities.

“Stand Up to Cancer” will air on all the major networks and cable channels. Besides Swift, it will feature celebrities including Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake and more.

Did you see Friday’s simulcast?  I support this effort, primarily because I think the goal is a good one.  To me, just the fact that these grants go to research groups that are independent of pharmaceutical companies–and are open to sharing their methods and data–make it all worth while.
Good for them!  Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat


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