LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 90 historic buildings and landmarks across the United States and Canada will be illuminated in the colors of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) during the week leading up to the fifth biennial SU2C "roadblock" telecast airing in both countries on Friday, Sept. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT / 7:00 PM CT). All will be lit in a combination of SU2C's signature colors: red, orange, yellow or white.
Niagara Falls and The Peace Bridge connecting Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ontario; the Helmsley Building in New York; Willis Tower, The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, NBC Tower and Navy Pier in Chicago; The Capital Wheel outside Washington, DC; the US Bank Tower crown in Los Angeles; Pacific Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier and The Clock Tower in Santa Monica; and One Liberty Place, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Cira Centre and FMC Tower in Philadelphia are among the major U.S. buildings and landmarks lighting up in support of Stand Up To Cancer, which raises funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.
In Canada, the CN Tower, Toronto City Hall and the 3D TORONTO sign in Toronto; the Calgary Tower, Galleria Trees on Stephen Avenue, Langevin Bridge and the ATB lights at McMahon Stadium in Calgary; the High Level Bridge in Edmonton; Vancouver City Hall, BC Place Stadium, Canada Place Sails of Light, Vancouver Convention Centre and Science World at Telus World of Science in Vancouver; Halifax City Hall; St. John's City Hall; Port Moody City Hall; London City Hall, JA Taylor Building at Wellington and Dundas, The Fountain at the Forks, The London Life Building and London Convention Centre in London; and Charlottetown City Hall on Prince Edward Island will join Niagara Falls, the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls and The Peace Bridge in lighting up to Stand Up To Cancer.
"We are grateful and honored that these iconic U.S. and Canadian buildings and landmarks are standing with us in the fight against cancer," said Lisa Paulsen, Stand Up To Cancer co-founder and president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. "Illumination of these famous landmarks in conjunction with our telecast shines a spotlight on the importance of cancer research."
Bradley Cooper, Academy Award-nominated actor and founder of the Bradley Charles Cooper Foundation, will serve as executive producer of the telecast, along with renowned live large-scale event producers Done + Dusted, working with the Stand Up To Cancer production team.
The telecast will broadcast live from The Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, along with American Forces Network, ASPiRE, AUDIENCE Network, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery Life, E! Entertainment, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FM, FS2, Fusion, FXM, Great American Country, HBO, HLN, ION Television, LMN, Logo, MLB Network, National Geographic, Pivot, RLTV, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, TBS, Tr3s, VH1 and WGN America are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the telecast. For the first time, there will be a Spanish version of the Stand Up To Cancer telecast airing nationally on Galavision, HBO Latino, STARZ ENCORE ESPAÑOL and Univision Deportes, and locally on Univision Puerto Rico. In addition, the show will stream live on SU2C's Facebook page, Yahoo, SU2C's YouTube page, MLB.com and in Spanish on Univision.com. USA Network will air the Stand Up To Cancer telecast on Friday, Sept. 9 at 11:00 PM- 12:00 AM ET/PT / 10:00 PM CT. The entire telecast will also become available to stream on Hulu beginning Saturday, Sept. 10.
For the second time, Stand Up To Cancer Canada will simultaneously broadcast the Canadian-inclusive telecast across all four major English-language Canadian broadcasters: CBC, City, CTV and Global. Additionally, Canadian services AMI, Bloomberg TV Canada, Blue Ant Media, CHCH, CHEK, Fight Network, Hollywood Suite, Joytv, NTV and TLN Television will also air the telecast, the show will stream live on Yahoo Canada, and it will be available on-demand on shomi and TELUS Optik TV in Canada.
Buildings and landmarks to illuminate in honor of Stand Up To Cancer include:
To date, more than $370 million has been pledged to support SU2C's innovative model of collaborative cancer research. Since launching in 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has brought together more than 1,200 of the best and the brightest research scientists, from more than 140 leading institutions in seven countries to work together on 19 "Dream Teams," and six Translational Research Teams. SU2C has also funded 36 early-career, innovative scientists carrying out high-risk, potentially high-reward projects. The research is aimed at ending cancer's reign as a leading cause of death worldwide. SU2C-funded researchers have planned, launched or completed more than 160 clinical trials involving over 9,000 patients. Work by SU2C-supported researchers has led to FDA approval of two treatments, with more to come.
In the United States, 84 percent of all cancer cases and 78 percent of all cancer deaths are from cancers included in the SU2C research portfolio. One in two men and one in three women in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and almost eight million people worldwide die from cancer every year.
This year's Stand Up To Cancer roadblock telecast – the fifth since SU2C, a U.S.-based initiative, was founded in 2008 – will feature performances from top recording artists, along with celebrities from film and television, and powerful stories of remarkable progress being made through SU2C-funded research.
This star-studded appeal will continue to build public support to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly, saving lives and helping more cancer patients become long-term cancer survivors. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across institutions and international boundaries to work collaboratively on promising new treatments that will impact a wide range of cancer types.
The first four SU2C telecasts took place on Sept. 5, 2008, Sept. 10, 2010, Sept. 7, 2012, and Sept. 5, 2014 and were made available to more than 190 countries. The first Canadian-inclusive SU2C telecast aired in 2014.
As SU2C's founding donor, Major League Baseball has provided both financial support and countless opportunities to build the Stand Up To Cancer grassroots movement by encouraging fans worldwide to get involved. In addition to MLB, SU2C's "Visionary" donors include Bristol-Myers Squibb; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Genentech, a member of the Roche Group; MasterCard; and The Sidney Kimmel Foundation. Major donors and collaborators include American Airlines, American Cancer Society, CVS Health, Fifth Third Bank, The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Merck, and Rally Health. Other key supporters and collaborators include Cancer Research Institute, Cancer Research UK, Dutch Cancer Society, Farrah Fawcett Foundation, The Laura Ziskin Family Trust, Lilly Oncology, Melanoma Research Alliance, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, The Parker Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, St. Baldrick's Foundation and Van Andel Research Institute.
Collaborators providing multi-year support for SU2C Canada research through the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada Initiative include: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF), with support from CIBC; Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Cancer Stem Cell Consortium; Genome Canada; and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. AstraZeneca Canada and MasterCard are the first corporate supporters of SU2C Canada.
About Stand Up To Cancer
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C's scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.
Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, Ellen Ziffren, and Kathleen Lobb. The late Laura Ziskin was also a co-founder. SU2C was formally launched on May 27, 2008. Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., has served as SU2C's president since 2011.
For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.standup2cancer.org.
About the Entertainment Industry Foundation
Founded in 1942, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is a multifaceted organization that occupies a unique place in the world of philanthropy. By mobilizing and leveraging the powerful voice and creative talents of the entertainment industry, as well as cultivating the support of organizations (public and private) and philanthropists committed to social responsibility, EIF builds awareness and raises funds, developing and enhancing programs on the local, national and global level that facilitates positive social change. For more information, visit www.eifoundation.org
About the American Association for Cancer Research
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world's first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes more than 36,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; populations scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates in more than 107 countries and territories around the world; over 30 percent of members live outside the United States and Canada. The AACR convenes more than 20 conferences and educational workshops every year, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with nearly 19,500 attendees in 2016. The AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers and fund meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of SU2C, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual grants. For more information about the AACR, visit www.AACR.org.
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