[The following information was taken from a press release issued by Councilman Koretz's office].
At the request of Councilmember Paul Koretz, Friday, September 7 has been declared "Stand Up To Cancer Day" in the City of Los Angeles.
On that date, the third Stand Up to Cancer global telecast will be presented live from the Shrine Auditorium from 8-9pm. The monumental event will feature many heralded performers and will be shown on the numerous major television networks in Los Angeles and around the world that have donated an hour of free air time.
Stand Up To Cancer is made possible by the immense volunteer efforts of the entertainment industry. Through two previous telecasts held in 2008 and 2010 and viewed in more than 190 countries, an amazing $180 million was pledged for cancer research, with 100% of donated public funds going directly for extraordinarily dynamic scientific collaborations and boldly innovative research. What's especially exciting is that Stand Up to Cancer research is aimed at delivering results quickly, so that we might all benefit speedily, and so that Stand Up To Cancer's closely cooperating teams of elite researchers are better able to leapfrog towards even more breakthrough therapies and cures.
Joining Councilmember Koretz at a related press conference held on September 4 were fellow Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Jan Perry, members of the Stand Up To Cancer Executive Leadership Council, and spokespersons actress Marg Helgenberger of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Dr. Ana Maria Polo of Telemundo.
After the media event, a presentation honoring Stand Up To Cancer was held inside City Hall. Adding poignancy was the presence of many members of the staff of Councilmember Rosendahl, who has cancer. His staff stood in solidarity with Councilmember Koretz and Stand Up to Cancer. Councilmember Koretz said, "I salute the grace, courage and determination showed by Bill and his staff in wanting, as do we all, to vanquish cancer."
In addition, many members of the City Council told personal stories of how their friends and families had suffered grief and loss due to cancer, and all encouraged the public to view the September 7 telecast. For more information on Stand Up To Cancer and the Friday night event, please visit http://www.standup2cancer.org/.