George Clooney, [lastfm]Will Smith[/lastfm] and Gwyneth Paltrow will join an impressive list of stars taking part in Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon airing on CBS, Showtime and other broadcast and cable networks.
Other celebrities announced include Denzel Washington, Renee Zellweger, Kathy Bates and Richard Branson. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lance Armstrong and Elizabeth Edwards were previously announced as participants.READ MORE: 'The Future Feels Like A Scary Place:' Dallas ISD Program Helps Parents & Students Navigate An Uncertain World
Performers will include [lastfm]Green Day[/lastfm]’s Billie Joe Armstrong, [lastfm]Neil Diamond[/lastfm], The Edge from [lastfm]U2[/lastfm], [lastfm]Herbie Hancock[/lastfm], [lastfm]Lady Antebellum[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Leona Lewis[/lastfm]. [lastfm]Queen Latifah[/lastfm], [lastfm]Martina McBride[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm] were among those already announced.[pullquote quote=”Stand Up to Cancer is aimed at raising money to speed up innovative cancer research” credit=”Laura Ziskin- Director”]
Clooney, in particular, is a fundraising heavyweight. At the Emmy Awards on Aug. 29, he accepted the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award for efforts on behalf of victims of this year’s earthquake in Haiti, the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Stand Up to Cancer” is aimed at raising money to speed up innovative cancer research, according to movie producer Laura Ziskin (“Spider-Man”), who is a cancer survivor and co-founder of the Stand Up to Cancer group.READ MORE: North Texas Mom Raising Millions To Find Cure For Son's Rare Neurological Disorder
The telethon is returning for a second time after the 2008 event helped deliver more than $100 million for research.
This year’s telethon will be simulcast commercial-free (8 p.m.-9 p.m. E /P) on Sept. 10. CBS’s own Katie Couric will act as one of the show hosts.
Donations can be made year-round through www.standup2cancer.org/survivor, and 100% of the contributions will go directly to cancer research.MORE NEWS: 2 Dallas Doctors Sentenced To Combined 23 Years In Prison For Massive Healthcare Fraud