Four-time Olympic gold medalist, Missy Franklin, has been very busy since her spectacular London Olympic performance. Much of it has been the media tour you’d expect from a multi-Olympic medalist, but Franklin has also given her time for charity.
Today, February 4th, is World Cancer Day, and Franklin joins many high profile celebrities to raise cancer awareness, including Tim McGraw, Emma Stone, Carson Daly, Brian Williams, Seth Rogan, Tom Hanks, Dana Delany, Samuel L. Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Katie Couric, and Alison Sweeney.
Franklin, through the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, stands up for a good friend’s mother, Bonnie Suter. Franklin’s friend and his brother are swimmers. (See Franklin in the video above at the 40 second mark and the 1:20 mark.)
Stand Up To Cancer launhced in 2008. The nonprofit has raised more than $262 million for cancer research. For World Cancer Day the organization is asking supporters to download an I Stand Up For placard and share their photos. It’s all about showing who you honor or remember.
World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control, and their primary goal is to significantly reduce death and illness caused by cancer by 2020 through prevention, detection, and treatment. Cancer kills more people worldwide than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. Over 50% of those deaths are from developing countries.