Stand Up 2 Cancer 2008 TV Show
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  • His appearance on stage was an emotional surprise for everyone

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      The original Stand Up 2 Cancer television event occurred in 2008 and it received enormous attention. The show was aired on all three major TV networks as well as numerous cable channels and networks. It was everywhere, and the hour long show was even replayed a couple of times as it aired on other cable channels.

      The show was unique in that it had the cooperation of the networks that each lent their major news anchor (Katie Couric, Charles Gibson, and Brian Williams) to the broadcast. That was a first.

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      raiser wasn’t presented like a normal telethon. The celebrities walked all over the set while some set at phones, which were not the usual phone bank, but almost like an open office.

      Shortly before the event, the world learned about Patrick Swayze’s bout with pancreatic cancer and that it was Stage IV. His appearance on stage was an emotional surprise for everyone. No one knew he would be there. As a fan and someone who had met Patrick a few times over the years, I was so proud of him ...

      • for standing up and appearing on stage. He was private, and I knew this took a lot for him to do. I really and truly felt proud to be a Swayzemaniac in that moment. There were tears in my eyes, and when the audience stood up with him, well, even as I type this, my eyes are watering.

        The event was held during fashion week, and many female celebrities were in New York for the festivities. That didn’t stop some of the premier singers from the day from getting together

        and singing an awesome song that just rocked the event. Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey led the way, and it was awesome. Others included Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Natasha Bedingfield, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Keyshia Cole, LeAnn Rimes, Ashanti and Ciara. This group purposely was billed as Artists Stand Up to Cancer to the public. They sang what was essentially the theme song.

        There was much to learn in this hour, and its unique method of presentation made that possible for all of us.

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