Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank hosted a viewing party Friday evening for The American Cancer Society’s Stand Up To Cancer telethon. The September 5 event in Burbank was one of 200 viewing parties held throughout the U.S. for cancer survivors and supporters.
The Burbank event was the official viewing party and after party for ACS leadership who attended the live telethon held earlier in the day and broadcast from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Along with ACS leadership, several celebrities who are also American Cancer Society volunteers attended the party at Cartoon Network’s rooftop patio overlooking downtown Burbank and the Hollywood Hills.
“I’ve met many amazing people through my own cancer journey and the chance to raise awareness has become a special part of my healing process,” ACS party attendee and cancer survivor Simone Smith commented.
“Talking openly about cancer is the best way to finish the fight,” continued Smith, who is also a jewelry designer and wife of rapper LL Cool J. “If I can help even one person along the way, it’s worth it.”
Cartoon Network generously donated the space and food was provided by Daphne’s Greek, according to ACS Senior Director of Media Relations Eric Beikmann, who added, “The viewing parties raised funds to support the lung cancer dream team partnership the Society has with SU2C [Stand Up To Cancer], and to support the Society’s free cancer patient programs and services.”
The Stand Up To Cancer viewing parties have raised more than $400,000 as of September 5. The public can still support this effort by going to www.standuptofinishthefight.
“We recognize that no one institution, no one organization can solve the cancer problem,” commented John Seffrin, PhD, American Cancer Society CEO. “We have to find ways to partner together and our relationship with Stand Up to Cancer represents that collaborative approach.”