Stand Up To Cancer Strikes a Cord with Teens
Did you know that 1 in 2 men and 1 out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. In fact, there’s not a person that exists that has not been affected in some way by cancer. Stand Up To Cancer ‘s one-hour, commercial-free telecast aired on Friday, September 10, 2010 on over a dozen channels and over 30 online streaming partners like AOL, Yahoo! and YouTube. The SU2C broadcast was dedicated to the over 12 million U.S. cancer survivors illustrating how groundbreaking research can change the tide in the fight against the disease. Since 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has raised more than $100 million for cancer research.
The all-star line-up of presenters, performers and phone operators who gave up their time to help raise funds for cancer research charities and awareness about the killer disease included teen stars Naya Rivera, Vanessa Hudgens, Brenda Song, and Logan Lerman. The goal is to raise awareness and funds for research but, more importantly, to inspire, inform, and support young adults face to face with cancer and build an understanding of what is happening to them and their family; acknowledging the sense of uncertainty and introduce healthy ways of dealing with feelings and changes.
Many teens are at a time in their lives when they are trying to break away and be independent from their parents. When a parent has cancer, breaking away can be hard for them to do. They may become angry, act out, or get into trouble.
Trying to get teens to talk about their feelings is already difficult. Telling them as much as they want to know about cancer is a start. Asking their opinions and, if possible, letting them help make decisions is also helpful.
Teens may want to talk with other people in their lives. Friends can be a great source of support, especially those who also have serious illness in their family. Other family members, teachers, coaches, and spiritual leaders can also help. Encouraging teenage children to talk about their fears and feelings with people they trust and feel close to is essential. Some towns even have support groups for teens whose parents/family members have cancer.
Stand Up To Cancer raises funds to hasten the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. The show is over but Stand Up To Cancer is still accepting donations online at http://www.su2c.org. 100% of the funds received from the public go to research.