Celebs Take a Stand on Cancer

A sizable constellation of show biz’s finest gave their time and effort for a worthy cause during last night’s Stand Up to Cancer fundraiser at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater.

The event, which was aired simultaneously on all three major networks, was attended by, among many others, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Salma Hayek and Ugly Betty’s America Ferrara.

The evening’s cause was particularly meaningful for the numerous famous cancer survivors at the event, such as Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate and Patrick Swayze.

Swayze, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March, drew a standing ovation during his speech. “I dream of a future with a long, healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer but in the light,” the actor stated.

Breast-cancer survivors Applegate, Crow, and Melissa Etheridge stressed the importance of supportive friends when dealing with the disease.

“We all need someone to accompany us on the journey,” said Applegate, who underwent a double mastectomy last month after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Desperate Houewives actress Dana Delany and former basketball star Charles Barkley, meanwhile, emphasized the importance of early detection by way of example. Delaney was followed by a camera crew as she went in for a breast exam, while Barkley was lensed going in for a colonoscopy—as was famous cartoon character Homer Simpson, in a separate animated segment.