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Stand Up To Cancer raises best-ever $123 million in pledges

LOS ANGELES — Stand Up To Cancer says its sixth celebrity-filled telethon was its most successful yet.

The organization said Sunday that the fundraiser received more than $123 million in pledges from the U.S. and Canada.

Matt Damon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jon Hamm and Winona Ryder were among the stars participating in Friday’s telecast.

Musical performers included Stevie Wonder, Little Big Town and Charlie Wilson, a cancer survivor.

Wonder paid tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died last month of pancreatic cancer, with a medley including “What the World Needs Now is Love.”

Bradley Cooper, whose father died of lung cancer, was co-executive producer of the telethon.

Cooper said Stand Up To Cancer scientists are giving patients new hope they can become long-term survivors.

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Online:

http://www.StandUpToCancer.org