Kirsten Dunst, David Archuleta, Sally Field, Marcia Cross, Mandy Moore, Dave Annable, Fran Drescher, Dana Delany, Patrick Wilson and Sofia Vassilieva have become the newest celebrity ambassadors for Stand Up To Cancer, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The organization also announced five research "Dream Teams" on Wednesday, which will receive $73.6 million, collectively, in three-year grants. The initiative was announced across the networks with Jimmy Fallon appeared with NBC's Brian Williams on "Today," Dana Delany with ABC's Charles Gibson on "Good Morning America, "while Stand Up To Cancer co-founder Katie Couric was interviewed on CBS's "Early Show." A member of one of the Dream Teams or the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee also appeared with the ambassadors and anchors to discuss the significance and potential impact of the research, which will encompass a range of cutting-edge topics and types of cancer. Precisely one year ago, the three network evening news anchors appeared jointly on each of the morning shows to launch Stand Up To Cancer.
"We are eternally grateful for the continuing support of the Hollywood community who have lent their time and talent to this cause, and engaged the public to do the same," said Laura Ziskin, who is a member of SU2C executive leadership team. "The entertainment industry generously offered this initiative the most incredible resources—we want to make sure that they know all of their hard work is going toward something monumental."
The ambassadors represent the overwhelming response of the entertainment community to the call of SU2C in the past year, and many have taken the opportunity to comment on how they have been affected by cancer.