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Viewing party as San Diegans 'Stand Up 2 Cancer'

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) Survivors and their supporters stand up to cancer everyday and hundreds in San Diego watched the star-studded Stand Up 2 Cancer telecast at UCSD's Moores Cancer Center Friday night.

Since the inception in 2008, Stand Up 2 Cancer has pledged more than $260 million for cancer research, trials and awareness.

Dozens of volunteers from the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life packed UCSD's Moores Cancer Center auditorium for a viewing party.

“Everyone gets it. Everyone understands. You are surrounded by empathy,” said Clay Treska.

He was diagnosed with terminal cancer four years ago and is now an Ironman triathlete.

“We ask ourselves why does life have to be so tough, why do these things have to be so hard? I like to think that we have the opportunity to define that as we are going through that,” said Treska.

During the one-hour commercial free telecast, celebrities and rock stars took the stage and there were some San Diego shout outs from Ron Burgundy, "I love SU2C, cancer is something I'm sick of.”

On behalf of the MLB, New York Yankees Derek Jeter gave love for Mr. Padre who lost his battle to cancer earlier this year, “All of baseball stands up for Tony Gwynn.”

In the watch party friends and family shedding tears, sharing hugs and young children with their parents.

“I want them to understand the importance of cancer and the importance of research and the importance of awareness of cancer,” said Tamyr Mendez-Whibble.

She was four when her father was first diagnosed and is now a six-time survivor. Her mother and brother are also cancer survivors.

“He [son] wants the cancer to be over and to finish the fight,” said Mendez-Whibble.

Next year the American Cancer Society and Stand Up 2 Cancer are teaming up to announce a $20 research “Dream Team that will focus on the lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer among men and women.

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