Viewers have an opportunity to make a difference
This is the second time in seven years in which the three mainstream news networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, will show the same commercial free program at the exact same time.
The first was in 2001 when the mainstream American networks joined 35 other networks including FOX and CNN to air “America: A Tribute to Heroes” after the Sept. 11 attacks.
For one hour on all three mainstream news networks, viewers will have the opportunity to listen to stories of encouragement from celebrities and learn how everyday Americans who suffer through cancer survive day-by-day.
Among the celebrities who will be advocating for this good cause include Jennifer Aniston, Forest Whitaker, Halle Berry, Brad Garrett, Christina Applegate and Jimmy Smits.
“The New York Post” has reported that among the show’s many segments, one will involve Homer Simpson getting a colonoscopy. Another highlight of the night might be the debut of the new song “Just Stand Up” which will be sung by a group of female chart-toppers including Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, Carrie Underwood, and cancer survivors Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow.
Although “Stand Up To Cancer” has used various means of promotion to get their message out there, a majority of CU students have not heard their messages.
“I have not heard about it,” said Kevin Christiano, a freshman open-option major.
In order to get viewers’ attention and potential donors, “Stand Up To Cancer” promises if a person donates $1 or more, they can receive a personalized star that will be named in honor of their family member or friend who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Some CU students consider donating to help the cause and get to name an actual star, others like senior Shahlaye Geer, integrative physiology major, do not think too highly about naming a star.
“It makes sense to donate anyways, you don’t need an incentive,” Geer said.
When CU students were asked if they would watch the show airing this Friday on ABC, CBS, & NBC at 7 p.m. CU students were united with their answer.
“I believe any type of outreach and publicity is worthy for curing any type of cancer,” said Shao Yeung, a sophomore sociology major.
For more information about “Stand Up to Cancer” or to donate please visit their Web site at: http://su2c.standup2cancer.org/
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Jacob Elyachar at Jacob.Elyachar@Colorado.edu .