Ken Jeong, Sofia Vergara to Cohost Stand Up To Cancer

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Ken Jeong and Sofia Vergara are just two of the co-hosts for this year’s Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser. The goal is to raise money for cancer research and new treatments, a disease that has impacted both of their lives. Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth are serving as executive producers of the event.


Ken Jeong and Sofia Vergara Join Stand Up To Cancer Fundraiser This August

Along with Jeong and Vergara, actor Anthony Anderson, and Jeong’s wife Tran Ho will be co-hosting the fundraiser. Common and Brittany Howard will be performing. All of them have very strong connections to the cause. Vergara battled thyroid cancer in 2000 and had surgery to remove her thyroid. She has long been an advocate for cancer research, early cancer diagnosis, and treatment.

“The most important part of my cancer diagnosis was catching it early. With all the complications and delays the pandemic has caused, it is more important than ever to support Stand Up To Cancer, so others have the resources they need for early detection,” Vergara said in a press release.  

Jeong stood by Tran’s side when she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, a few months after giving birth to their twin girls. She began chemotherapy, underwent a mastectomy, and radiation. Jeong has always spoken publicly about the importance of breast cancer screenings.


“Joining forces for cancer research saves lives. We know this because it saved Tran’s life 12 years ago,” Jeong said. “Stand Up To Cancer has been fighting against cancer for over a decade, working to ensure that all cancer patients become cancer survivors, like Tran. We couldn’t be prouder to co-host an evening with Stand Up To Cancer dedicated to saving lives.”

The Broadcast is Set to Raise Money For Cancer Research

Witherspoon lost her father to cancer and wants to “highlight the amazing doctors and scientists of Stand Up To Cancer who work tirelessly on important cancer research, innovative treatments and much-needed patient care.” The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in cancer care and research and the purpose of the fundraiser is to increase public support for high-quality cancer treatments.

More celebrity participants and musical guests will be announced in the following weeks ahead of the August 21 broadcast. The Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser will be broadcasting from Los Angeles and across 60 media platforms. You will also be able to watch it on multiple streaming platforms and four major broadcast networks. 


Stand Up To Cancer has raised over $603 million since its inception in 2008. Their website states that the charity “enables scientific breakthroughs by funding collaborative, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional scientific cancer research teams and investigators.”

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