Swayze Joins Cancer Telethon

Celebrities touched by cancer join historic 3-network telethon
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2008 6:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dozens of Hollywood's finest got together for a historic hour-long, three-network telethon in support of cancer research last night, reports AP. They included cancer survivors Elizabeth Edwards, Christina Applegate and Lance Armstrong, among several others, who made passionate pleas for funding to fight the disease. Cancer kills 550,000 Americans and 6 million worldwide each year—"the equivalent of 9/11 every two days," said Armstrong.

John McCain and Barack Obama also outlined their plans to support cancer research. Patrick Swayze, making his first TV appearance since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, received a standing ovation. "I dream of a day when everyone diagnosed will be fortunate to have hope," said Swayze.  "I dream the word 'cure' will no longer be followed by the words: 'It's impossible.'"