Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)

What is SU2C?

For the first time in history, we can imagine stopping cancer in its tracks.

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.
SU2C is bringing together the best and the brightest researchers and encouraging collaboration instead of competition among the entire cancer community. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C creates awareness and builds broad public support for this effort.





Here we stand, on the verge of unlocking the answers that will finally conquer cancer.

Cancer takes one person every minute. One life in a moment. They are our brothers, our sisters, our fathers and mothers, our husbands and wives, our best friends, our children, ourselves. Every day in America 1500 people die despite the fact that the means to save them are literally within our reach. To wait any longer for someone else to save our lives and the lives of those we love is unforgivable.  We must act now.
For the first time in history, we can envision the possibility of stopping cancer in its tracks.  Now more than ever, as government funding for cancer research is disappearing from the national agenda, every single one of us affected by cancer must stand up and be heard.
Working with the top experts in cancer research, Stand Up To Cancer is forging a new way to develop breakthroughs that will end cancer. We’re putting together the best and the brightest minds in cancer research, investing in their projects and taking the bureaucratic obstacles out of their way. SU2C’s interdisciplinary Dream Teams of scientists, clinicians, technicians and other experts, are hard at work on solutions to the unique problems that cancer presents. 
SU2C’s funding is administered by the American Association for Cancer Research, the largest scientific organization in the world focusing on every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Together with Stand Up To Cancer’s “Blue Ribbon” Scientific Advisory Council, comprised of world-class scientists across several disciplines and patient advocates, the most promising projects are identified, mentored, and funded.


Why Now?


The short answer to this question is: “Because people are dying, and not another life should be lost.”

But what is particularly special about this moment in the field of cancer research? In recent years, there have been three developments that have caused the tumblers in nature’s cosmic lock to align so that it is possible, for the first time, to open the door and see into the mechanisms of cancer.
First, advances in fields like genomics and molecular biology have permitted us to understand, specifically, what makes a cell malignant. In short, this means it’s easier for doctors and researchers to see and understand the pathology of the tumors they are targeting.
Second, as their knowledge base expands, scientists will be able to target tumors with increasing safety and effectiveness. This means that one-size-fits-all chemotherapy and radiation treatments may one day be a thing of the past. 
Finally, the critical ability for scientists to deliver new therapies from the bench, to the bedside and back again is becoming a key to successful research.
Stand Up To Cancer’s mission is to fund cutting-edge translational research, get new treatments to patients faster, and save lives now.
So Why Now?
Because we now have new tools at our disposal to fight cancer in ways we’ve never had before. But to some extent, the answer is even simpler.  To quote Martin Luther King, Jr., “now, because it is long overdue.”


Get Involved


Get involved today, and join the movement to end cancer in our lifetimes.

Number of people who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes: 1 in 2 men, 1 in 3 women
Number of people under 40 diagnosed with cancer annually in the US: 1 every 8 minutes
Chance that you will know someone with cancer in your lifetime: 100%
Chance that it will be you: 33% for women, 50% for men
Here are four ways you can help:
  • Donate - Every dollar helps move the needle forward. Donate Now.
  • Fundraise - Rally your friends, family and community to support the end of cancer by starting a fundraising teamor hosting an SU2C event in your community.
  • Share - Join others in the fight on Facebook or Twitter, or register at to get the progress updates on the science that SU2C funds.
  • Get Educated -Watch and read more about the fight to end cancer by checking out some SU2C’s PSAs and Campaigns



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