Laura Ziskin

Will You Stand Up 2 Cancer on Friday?

September 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm , by

Dozens of your favorite celebrities are teaming up against cancer this Friday, September 7, 2012 for the third annual Stand Up 2 Cancer telecast. Will you be joining them?

A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow (who is the executive producer this year), Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Emma Stone and more are set to appear during the commercial-free show, which starts at 8 p.m. on multiple networks. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw will also be performing.

And if that’s not enough to grab your interest: stars will be manning the phones themselves.

Stand Up 2 Cancer has raised more than $180 million for cancer research since movie producer Laura Ziskin launched the organization in 2008. (That’s her, above, with Paltrow at the 2010 event.) Ziskin, who produced the Spider-Man movies, lived with breast cancer for seven years before it tragically took her life in June 2011.

Besides tuning in, here are more ways you can get involved and help make a difference:

Launch A Star
Unfortunately, we all know someone who’s been affected by cancer. You can launch a star in a loved one’s honor to The Constellation for a $1 donation or more.

Get Social
Keep in touch with the organization on Facebook and Twitter. And check out the SU2C blog for research updates, patient stories and more.

Start Your Own Group
Inspired yet? Stand Up 2 Cancer isn’t just a telecast—it’s a movement! The goal is to fund collaborative research among top scientists to speed up the discovery of lifesaving treatments, and that takes year-round fund-raising. If you’d like to host your own events to raise money for Stand Up 2 Cancer, check out this grassroots toolkit and learn more about the “dream teams” the organization is currently funding.


Remembering Laura Ziskin

June 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm , by

Laura ZiskinIt’s a sad day at the LHJ offices, and for breast cancer survivors and advocates everywhere. Last night, one of the recipients of our 2011 Do Good Awards, Laura Ziskin, passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 61.

Ziskin, who produced such modern movie classics as Pretty Woman and Spider Man, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2004 and helped co-found the cancer fighting organization, Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C). She raised millions of dollars—and worldwide awareness—in the fight against the deadly disease.

When we interviewed Ziskin last spring, she reiterated to LHJ readers that “Cancer is everybody’s cause.” She also told us that SU2C will “only really meet its goal when someone discovers a treatment that’s going to make a difference in a cancer patient’s life. Who knows, maybe that life will be mine.”

You can read more about SU2C and Ziskin’s brave fight at the Stand Up 2 Cancer site.