Hollywood Fights Back at "Stand Up to Cancer" Telethon

Posted Saturday September 8, 2012 1:30 PM GMT

Pooling their efforts for a worthy cause, Hollywood's A-list came out on Friday for the Stand Up to Cancer telethon (September 7).

Showing her support on the red carpet, Sofia Vergara wore a black Stand Up to Cancer t-shirt with jeans. Minka Kelly opted for a black tank top emblazoned with the event logo, dark skinny jeans, and black heels.

The star-studded third annual event was started to raise money for cancer research. The organization is partnered with the American Association for Cancer Research.

Opening the show, Tom Hanks succinctly explained the mission of the event, saying, "Let's build a world where cancer is no more."

The program was partly founded by "Spider Man" producer Laura Ziskin, who died last year after battling breast cancer for seven year. Gwyneth Paltrow served as an executive producer for the event.

Reminding everyone of the urgency of the goal, Julia Roberts told the audience that one in two men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetimes and that cancer "kills a child every four hours in this country." She continued, "This is why we have to support Stand Up to Cancer. This extraordinary movement has assembled dream teams of the best doctors and scientists collaborating at a frantic pace to save our lives."

Also attending were Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Robert Pattinson, Justin Timberlake, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Chelsea Handler, and Gabby Douglas. Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Alicia Keys, and Coldplay performed.

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