Earlier last week, according to Variety, it was announced that Bradley Cooper would be named executive producer of this year’s Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser.
The fundraising special is set to air later this year on more than two dozen networks. The program will feature multiple celebrities and musical performances while raising money for the research and treatment of different cancer-related illnesses. More than $370 million dollars has been raised by the non-profit organization since the 2008 airdate.
According to a survey conducted in 2013 by the National Cancer Institute, there are more than 14 million people currently affected by some type of cancer. In fact, there have been approximately 1,685,210 new cancer diagnoses in 2016 alone. ‘
Cooper too is familiar with cancer. In 2011, Charles Cooper, Bradley’s dad, lost his life to lung cancer. When asked about his collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer, Cooper said that the organization is one that is “very close” to his heart.
“I am proud to join forces to make this vision a reality and to be a part of this movement that is dedicated to getting lifesaving treatments to cancer patients faster.”
The primetime special will be produced by Done + Dusted, which is known for covering large live events. Earlier this year, Done + Dusted’s Hamish Hamilton worked in collaboration with Beyonce to produce this year’s Superbowl halftime show. Hamilton will join forces with Done + Dusted’s president Ian Stewart to executive produce Stand Up To Cancer, which will be aired live from Los Angeles’ downtown Walt Disney Concert Hall.
When speaking of the event, Stewart said, “It’s a rare privilege to work on a show that combines the highest levels of entertainment and talent with the opportunity to contribute to the greater good of humanity.”
This year’s fundraiser will be aired on multiple networks, some of which are donating the airtime to the cause including: ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, Fox, HBO, NBC, Showtime, Starz, VH1, WGN America and more. The special will also be aired in Canada for the second year on major Canadian networks including: CBC, City, CTV and Global. Stand Up To Cancer will also stream live on Hulu, MLB.com and Yahoo.
You can catch Stand Up To Cancer on September 9th on a number of networks.