Bennington Battle Monument to be lit up white on Friday during national telecast for cancer research


BENNINGTON — The state's highest man-made structure will be lit up in white lights on Friday in recognition of a nationally broadcast fundraising event that aims to raise money for cancer research.

The Bennington Battle Monument will be among 90 landmarks around the country and Canada lit up during the Stand Up to Cancer "roadblock" telecast, according to a news release.

The event, which occurs every two years, will be broadcast on Friday, Sept. 9 from 8 to 9 p.m. The one-hour telecast will be broadcast commercial free on dozens of networks and cable channels, including ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Performances by musical artists, appearances by film and television stars, and stories about battles with cancer and new research are all on tap.

The Stand Up to Cancer initiative began in 2008 and brings scientists from different disciplines of study, from different educational instititutions across the world, to work on cutting-edge cancer research.

The 306-foot tall obelisk was built in 1891 to commemorate the Battle of Bennington that took place 114-years prior. It will be lit of white on Friday evening. Other buildings and sites will be lit up in some combination of the initative's colors -- red, orange, yellow or white.

Other iconic buildings that will be lit up on Friday include Boston (Mass.) City Hall and the Onondaga Tower in Syracuse, N.Y., and the CN Tower in Toronto, Ont. Niagra Falls will also be lit up.

Stand Up to Cancer is an initative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a nonprofit organziation founded in 1942. The initiative has raised more than $109 million at its last telecast in 2014 and more than $370 million since it began in 2008, according to the organization. The organization says 100 percent of all money raised goes towards cancer research.

Over 160 clinical trials have been planned, begun or completed by scientists, and more than 9,000 patients have participated.

In April, the initiative awarded grants to 10 scientists across the country. The grants, worth $750,000 each, were meant "to support innovative, high-risk, high-reward projects in cancer research." The initiative also has 19 "dream teams" of researchers trying new cancer research projects.

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Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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