October may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but as of this week, September 7 is officially “Stand Up To Cancer Day” in Los Angeles. (Stand Up to Cancer, the cancer research organization the day will be named for, is hosting a celeb-filled hour-long TV fund-raising event that night).
Why was the organization selected for such an honor? “Los Angeles is known for its entertainment industry, which is not only a driving force of our economy but also the driving force of this whole [Stand Up to Cancer] effort,” said council member Paul Koretz in a phone call today. “It seemed like an obvious thing for the city to be as supportive of as we could be.”
Koretz, who lost his mother to pancreatic cancer 32 years ago and who has been involved in Stand Up to Cancer initiatives in the past, said this is an especially meaningful time for the City Council to support cancer initiatives because council member Bill Rosendahl is struggling with the disease.
“Now it has a more personal meaning for all of us,” he said. “Bill has been a dear friend of mine for many, many years. It’s painful that he’s struggling to battle a cancer of his own. We’re all concerned and wishing him the best. I’m hoping we see him back in council in the next few weeks. Clearly it’s a struggle.”
Photograph: SU2C supporter Actress America Ferrera courtesy stylebakeryteen.com