LOS ANGELES (AP) — The star-studded Stand Up to Cancer telethon that aired on broadcast and cable networks in the United States and Canada raised $109 million.
Organizers said Monday that’s $28 million more than the 2012 telecast generated.
The hour-long broadcast on Friday featured performances by The Who, Dave Matthews Band, Ariana Grande and a closing number by Jennifer Hudson, Common and Lupe Fiasco. Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Downey Jr. and Halle Berry were among the stars appearing on the broadcast. Viewers were asked to donate what they could.
Funds raised by the telethon support international, interdisciplinary scientific research aimed at discovering new treatments for various types of cancer. Since its first broadcast in 2008, Stand Up to Cancer has pledged more than $369 million.