Fight Against Cancer Brings Together Survivor and Einstein Researcher

SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 – (BRONX, NY) – On Thursday, August 26, cancer researcher Matthew Levy, Ph.D., and his lab colleagues got some unusual visitors. Young actress Abigail Breslin and 13-year-old cancer survivor Pearce Quesenberry came to visit their research lab at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University as part of Stand Up To Cancer, a national effort to raise cancer awareness and fund research.

Actress Abigail Breslin and cancer survivor Pearce Quesenberry visit a cancer research lab at Einstein
Actress Abigail Breslin and cancer survivor Pearce Quesenberry at Einstein.
Dr. Levy is the recipient of a $700,000 Stand Up To Cancer grant that gives young, innovative scientists funding for high-risk, high reward research. He and his team are working on developing treatments that will attack cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, which could reduce or even eliminate the side effects of chemotherapy, which can range from mild to debilitating.

At the lab, the two teenage girls donned lab coats, peered through microscopes and got a look behind the scenes. The lab tour and an additional interview with Pearce and Abigail are scheduled to air on the CBS Early Show on Thursday, September 9.

The Stand Up To Cancer telecast will air on September 10th at 8:00 PM Eastern, and raise funds that will accelerate innovative cancer research. The live, one-hour fundraising event will be simulcast on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Bio, Current TV, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, mun2, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, The Style Network, TV One and VH1 and hosted by network news anchors Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams.

The Stand Up To Cancer broadcast is dedicated to the 12 million U.S. cancer survivors, illustrating how groundbreaking research can change the tide in the fight against the disease. Updates will be provided on the work of the five Stand Up To Cancer Dream Teams, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, will report on other new medical developments.

The 2008 telecast helped raise over $100 million. To date, five multi-disciplinary “Dream Teams” of researchers from more than 50 institutions, as well as 13 young innovative scientists who are undertaking high-risk yet potentially high-reward projects have received SU2C funding.

For more information, visit www.su2c.org.