What is Stand Up To Cancer, when did SU2C start and who are the founders? From Katie Couric to Noreen Fraser
STAND Up To Cancer has raised hundreds of millions of pounds worldwide for cancer research and tonight will see The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer.
But how does the charity work and how was it first founded? Here’s the lowdown…
Stand Up To Cancer launched in the US in 2008, and in the UK in 2012
What is Stand Up To Cancer?
Stand Up To Cancer is a televised effort to raise funds for cancer research, which started in the US.
The first broadcast was televised by three major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) in over 170 countries in September 2008 and raised over $100 million from that broadcast – money which was given to the American Association for Cancer Research to fund studies into the disease.
SU2C came to the UK in 2012 for its first broadcast.
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SU2C UK is brought to viewers by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, and has raised over £38 million to date.
The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer has aired on the channel and stars such as Stacey Solomon, Ricky Wilson, Jamie Lang and Bill Turnbull will be taking part in the baking competition.
Celebrity Hunted returned to Channel 4 on October 16 in aid of the charity and features celebrities such as Kay Burley, Dom Joly, Vicky Pattinson, Olympian gymnast Louis Smith, Love Island’s Kem Cetinay and Chris Hughes.
SU2C UK say their aim is to “accelerate progress in life-saving cancer research,” and says that “Stand Up To Cancer takes developments in the labs and accelerates them into brand new tests and treatments for cancer patients who need them right now.”
Noreen Fraser was one of the founders of SU2C after being diagnosed with breast cancerGetty Images – Getty
When did SU2C start and who are the founders?
Stand Up To Cancer was founded in autumn 2007 by a group of women who have been affected by cancer, either being diagnosed themselves or having a loved one who has the disease.
In late 2007, they decided to marshal the entertainment industry into working together to make more of an impactful jolt on the cause.
Television producer, Noreen Fraser, was one of these women, who used her contacts and resources to make a public fight against cancer.
Sadly, Noreen died in May 2017, after succumbing to her breast cancer that she was diagnosed with 15 years earlier.
Katie Couric is one of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors membersGetty – Contributor
Katie Couric, an American journalist and TV personality, returned to her old TV network in 2008 to promote SU2C.
She is still a member of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) alongside Sherry Lansing, Kathleen Lobb, Katie Couric, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, and Ellen Ziffren.