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Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Ugly holiday sweaters for a cause

Okay, The Checkup blog completely blew off Movember, the month when men are encouraged to grow moustaches to help battle prostate cancer. So we’re starting fresh this month by taking note that Saturday marks the start of the “Ugly Sweater Holiday Campaign.”

Ugly Christmas sweater family photo. (Andrea Caumont)
Sponsored by the nonprofit organization Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), the month-long event involves wearing hideous holiday sweaters to support cancer research programs. Participants are asked to decide how many days in December they can stand to wear their ugly sweater(s), then set up a fund-raising page at; friends and co-workers can donate whatever amount they choose for each of the sweater-wearing days.

Or you can get your sweater-wearing over with quickly by hosting an ugly-sweater party, inviting folks to wear their tacky sweaters and to donate via that same Web site (which includes ideas for making the party extra festive). The organization says all the funds raised will support Stand Up To Cancer’s research programs; financials are readily available on its Web site.

Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the nonprofit Entertainment Industry Foundation. According to its “about us” statement, SU2C “raises funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. SU2C facilitates collaboration among the best and the brightest in the cancer research community. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee conduct rigorous, competitive review processes through which SU2C’s grantees are selected. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C generates awareness and builds grass-roots support for this new approach to ending cancer.”

D.C.-area researchers funded by Stand Up To Cancer include Stephen Baylin and William Nelson of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Hui Li of the University of Virginia has received one of the organization’s innovative-research grants.

You were hankerin’ to don that silly sweater, anyway, so why not do so for a cause?

And even if you opt not to subject yourself to silly-sweater-wearing, you can join the fun by following SU2C on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #uglysweater.

By  |  01:46 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Tags:  cancer research, holiday sweaters

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