West Michigan benefiting from Stand Up To Cancer dollars

Part one of the WZZM 13 special, "Stand Up To Cancer West Michigan."

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Finding a cure for all types of cancer is the mission of the national telethon Stand Up To Cancer.

It all started in the fall of 2007 when a group of women who had been affected by the disease helped create the national celebrity filled telethon that would be broadcast on every major network.

Since then, it has become a bi-annual event airing every other year and has raised more than $370 million. $17 million has been dedicated to researchers here in West Michigan.

It's so important to keep raising these dollars for cancer research because the federal government continues to reduce the number of dollars spent on research. That means it's up to private donors to fund finding a cure.

The Van Andel Research Institute is one of those institutions Stand Up To Cancer chose to help find a cure. They’ve been designated as one of the 16 Stand Up To Cancer dream teams.

They are working a lot with personalized medicine.

Finding treatments that work for each individual patient which in turn really helps researchers learn more about how cancer spreads and develops and how cancer cells can be turned off.

The national Stand Up To Cancer telethon airs Friday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. on WZZM 13.

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