Laura Linney, Terrence Howard, Jim Parsons, Seth Rogen, Reese Witherspoon and Stevie Wonder are among the dozens of celebrities who have committed to appearing on the multinetwork Stand Up to Cancer telethon Sept. 10.
Also among the participants are thesps Christina Applegate, David Boreanaz, Abigail Breslin, Fran Drescher, Sally Field, Alyson Hannigan, Jon Heder, Marg Helgenberger, Ken Jeong, Rashida Jones, Minka Kelly, Zachary Levi, Ray Liotta, Mandy Moore, Gabrielle Union, Sofia Vergara and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
In addition, athletes including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lance Armstrong, Derek Fisher, Tony Hawk and Apolo Anton Ohno are onboard, with musical performances including a collaboration by Wonder, Natasha Bedingfield, Queen Latifah, Martina McBride, Aaron Neville and Dave Stewart.
ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC and more than a dozen cable networks will broadcast the event commercial-free, live on the East Coast at 8 p.m., delayed in the West.
“We are eternally grateful for the remarkable support we’ve received from the entire entertainment community,” said Stand Up to Cancer co-founder Sherry Lansing. “We couldn’t do this without everyone’s help — from the networks and cable channels donating the airtime to our celebrity volunteers participating in the show and a lot of other people in between.”
News anchors Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams will host the telethon, which premiered in 2008 and helped raise more than $100 million.
“On Sept. 10th, we’ll send a resounding message: We can cure cancer,” said Stand Up to Cancer co-founder Laura Ziskin. “It’s going to take guts, brains and the ongoing support of the public, but we can do this.”