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Baseball taking a stand against cancer

MLB.com - Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), the groundbreaking initiative backed by Major League Baseball and aimed at raising funds for collaborate research in the fight against cancer, will give everyone cause to share their prime-time viewing attention during Friday night's full slate of baseball games.

An extraordinary lineup of actors, musicians, athletes and other celebrities will take part in a fund-raising event starting at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday that will be streamed live on MLB.com and simulcast commercial-free on MLB Network, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Bio, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, mun2, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, The Style Network, TV One and VH1.

"Every 60 seconds, someone in this country dies of cancer," said CBS News anchor Katie Couric, one of the co-hosts of the event, along with ABC's Diane Sawyer and NBC's Brian Williams. "At this very moment, scientists from different institutions are joining together to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. They're in a race against time and need our help."

There are two important ways you can help right now as you wait for the event.

Visit MLB.com Standup Stadiums and dedicate a virtual item at your favorite Major League ballpark to honor anyone whose life has been touched by cancer. You may choose a seat, suite, base or mound, and add an image and a message. All donations go fully to SU2C's research teams.

"Stand Up To Cancer is thrilled to continue our longstanding partnership with Major League Baseball, through MLB.com and Stand Up Stadiums. It's a platform that allows baseball fans everywhere to help make real progress against cancer," said SU2C co-founder Laura Ziskin, who will serve as the executive producer of Friday's live show. "As a person living with cancer, I also know that this tribute space will make a personal difference in the lives of patients, survivors and all of us in the fight."

Make a donation of any amount at SU2C.org, and follow where the money goes.

Friday's special will feature numerous celebrity cancer survivors who exemplify the fact that cancer can affect even the smartest, strongest and toughest people in our lives. The first such event was held two years ago, a tremendous fundraiser that featured such unforgettable appearances as that of the actor Patrick Swayze, who subsequently lost his own fight against cancer.

Melissa Joan Hart, the star of the new ABC Family series "Melissa & Joey," threw out the first pitch (to Brad Ausmus) at the Dodgers' home game on Aug. 30 in a public show of support for SU2C and the Sept. 10 live event. She also has been seen on the public-service announcements for SU2C that have been shown at ballparks during Major League games.
Source : Originally Published MLB.com, Oct 9, 2010
Celebrities : Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Melissa Joan Hart, Ray Liotta
Categories : lifestyle news, Celebrity Causes, Celebrity Health News, Television Personality News, Celebrity Appearances
Posted 10/9/2010 07:10:16 AM | Permalink
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