- Donald Rumsfeld has ‘no idea’ if he paid taxes correctly
- Bradley Manning named honorary grand marshal of San Francisco Pride parade
- Look out PayPal: Facebook working toward mobile payments system
- U.S. rebukes Iran’s U.N. envoy pick over 1979 embassy attack
- Stoned mom avoids jail after driving 12 miles with baby on roof
- More than 100 ‘inappropriate’ encounters between NYC school staffers, students since 2009: report
- Joe Biden to Boston bombing survivors: ‘America will never, ever stand down’
- FBI failed to throughly vet Boston bombing suspect after Russian lead, report finds
- Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘scumbag’
- University: Help, our campus is too white
Hanks, Roberts among stars on ‘Stand up to Cancer’
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cancer is big, but so are the celebrities determined to help conquer it.
“Let’s build a world where cancer is no more,” a somber Hanks said on the hour-long program that was carried commercial-free by the major broadcast networks and a number of cable channels.
Some of the stars who participated had seen cancer sicken or claim a family member. Others had fought the disease themselves.
“It picked a fight with the wrong guy,” said Douglas, who had throat cancer. “Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet. I stand tonight because I want to be part of this effort to find an end to cancer. This is possible.”
The telethon included short films about people fighting the disease, including a 3-year-old boy, Justin, who distracts himself from treatment with a favorite toy.
“I don’t really think about me passing away. But if I ever do, I’m taking my Legos with me,” he said in the video, with a feisty smile.
Onstage, Justin Timberlake asked the studio audience to stand up for the child, who attended the event.
The program honored the memory of “Spider-Man” movie producer Laura Ziskin, who helped found Stand Up to Cancer. She died last year at age 61 after battling breast cancer for seven years.
“Like every great hero, she had a vision and she set us into motion,” Emma Stone said in a videotaped tribute to Ziskin. “And now it’s up to us to continue moving forward to achieve her dream.”
The amount of money pledged during the telethon was not immediately available. Donations also can be made online at standup2cancer.org, the group said.
Taylor Swift performed a song she wrote for a young cancer victim, a 3-year-old who died last year. Swift wrote “Ronan” after reading the blog of the child’s mother, Maya Thompson, who is credited as a co-writer.
The song is available on iTunes, with proceeds to go to cancer-related charities.
Other performers included Alicia Keys (“Not Even the King”), Coldplay (“Paradise”) and Tim McGraw, who closed the show with his poignant “Live Like You Were Dying.”
TWT Video Picks
By returning to goodness, the nation can achieve greatness once again
- Fuel-filled wings, ability to swarm: Pentagon offers glimpse at future of drone fleet
- Secret U.S. assessments show Afghanistan not ready to govern on own
- U.S. military on high alert as Ukraine troops trade gunfire with pro-Russian militants
- Nevada Bundy ranch standoff could leave dirt on Harry Reid reputation
- Russian fighter jet buzzes U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea
- 'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff
- U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel
- Al Qaeda mocks U.S. in 'extraordinary' Yemen gathering; experts fear C.I.A. caught flat-footed
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Wal-Mart forced to apologize for 'mistake' favoring English-speaking shoppers
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Chaos as Manhattan building explodes