Friday’s historic “Stand Up To Cancer” telethon pulled in just over 10 million viewers and around $100 million according to reports. Featuring performances and appearances from Keyshia Cole, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Shemar Moore, Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis and more “Stand Up To Cancer” which was simulcast on ABC, NBC and CBS became one of 2008’s most watched programs. Averaging 10.3 million viewers, “Stand Up to Cancer” proved that even during a tough economy, people are willing to give for a great cause. According to organizers the star-studded event pushed donations to the charity past the $100 million mark. “On behalf of the Stand Up To Cancer leadership team, we are tremendously grateful to everyone who contributed to make this historic event a success,” said Lisa Paulsen, head of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the charitable organization behind Stand Up to Cancer. “This money will go directly to funding the research programs necessary to defeat this insidious disease.” Hosted by rival network news anchors Katie Couric, Charles Gibson and Brian Williams, “Stand Up to Cancer” featured more than 100 stars from music, sports, TV and film, including cancer survivors Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate and Lance Armstrong.
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