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Michael Douglas isn't about to take his throat cancer diagnosis lying down. The Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps star, 65, has announced that he'll be joining the all-star "Stand Up 2 Cancer" telethon on Sept. 10. Since he can't travel during his eight weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Douglas will be filming his segment from close to home in New York City.
Douglas isn't the only star with an emotional stake in the fund-raiser. Among those participating are George Clooney, whose aunt Rosemary Clooney died of lung cancer, Gwyneth Paltrow, whose father Bruce Paltrow died of oral cancer, and Lance Armstrong, a survivor of testicular cancer. Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Renee Zellweger will also make appearances, while Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder, Lady Antebellum and Billie Joe Armstrong are scheduled to perform.
The previous "Stand Up 2 Cancer" telethon in 2008 raised over $100 million for cancer research. This year's special will air commercial-free on all the major networks and several cable channels.
And Douglas appears on the cover of this week's People saying he's prepared for the fight of his life against the tumor at the base of his tongue. While he swears "I'll beat this," wife Catherine Zeta-Jones tells the magazine that she's "furious" at Douglas' doctors for not detecting the cancer earlier.
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