Local cancer patient speaks out ahead of ‘Stand Up to Cancer’

“Stand Up to Cancer” is an amazing night of entertainment featuring Hollywood’s elite, including Tom Hanks, Kevin Hart and Charlie Puth. Friday night, one local cancer patient tells us why this show means so much to those struggling from the disease.

Tom Hanks: “Let’s build a world where cancer is no more.”

“Stand Up to Cancer” taking to the airwaves for its fifth telecast Friday night.

Robert Downey Jr.: “Let’s build that world where every cancer patient says and believes, ‘I will survive.'”

The star-studded event is aiming to raise awareness and bring about understanding that everyone is connected by cancer.

Reese Witherspoon: “Dare to dream big.”

The American Cancer Society says one out of every two men and one out of every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. It’s a statistic that South Florida cancer patient Xiomary Pena knows all to well.

Xiomary Pena: “Always check yourself at least monthly. It’s just like taking a shower, the normal things you do every day. So, if you check yourself you’ll be in a better position.”

Pena is being treated for breast cancer at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. Her doctor says early detection is key.

Dr. Leela Lavasani: “Detecting early is the most important thing, but if a person is diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s not the end of the world. We have so many good drugs, and so many good treatments.”

Vice President Joe Biden will also be participating in this year’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telecast sharing his personal story. His son, Joseph “Beau” Biden, died from brain cancer last year. He was 46 years old.

Michael Douglas: “Cancer is in for one helluva fight.”

As Hollywood comes together, they’re hoping the country does, too. Standing up to cancer to help find a cure.

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