August 29, 2008

National broadcast to call for cancer research funds

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Caroline Hale has put her experience as a patient to good use. (photo by Neil Brake)

National broadcast to call for cancer research funds

The Entertainment Industry Foundation has issued a call to "Stand Up To Cancer,” a campaign that will be highlighted by an hourlong television special to be aired simultaneously by CBS, NBC and ABC, Sept. 5, 7-8 p.m.

Several Hollywood celebrities, athletes, musicians and journalists have already committed to appear on the broadcast, which will call attention to the stagnant federal budget for cancer research and will raise funds to accelerate that research.

“Nowhere is the need to stand up to cancer more urgent than right here in Tennessee, where death rates from cancer are among the highest in the nation,” said Anne Washburn, M.P.H., associate director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Office of Patient and Community Education.

In support of Stand Up To Cancer, Vanderbilt-Ingram has set up a Web site,, to provide a forum for conversation and personal connection. It includes information about how individuals can learn more about standing up to cancer and getting involved in the community.