In addition to the late actor’s wife, the event featured appearances by big Hollywood names such as Matthew McConaughey, Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Sofia Vergara, Ken Jeong and Anthony Anderson.
The Stand Up to Cancer telethon, a televised fundraiser for raising money for cancer research, witnessed some heart touching moments on Saturday, with Chadwick Boseman’s wife honouring the late actor’s memory with an emotional song tribute. The event, which took place in Los Angeles, was streamed on Youtube.
During the show, Simone Boseman took to the stage to honour her late husband with a tear-jerking performance of the song, ‘I’ll be Seeing You’, the classic 1938 song which is about coping with a tragic loss and finding ways to move on.
We are honored to have Chadwick's wife #SimoneBoseman here tonight. Her incredibly powerful performance reminds us that we all have heroes in our lives. Now is the time to Stand Up for them and with them. 🧡 Give now at https://t.co/tNxh7oe6XK. pic.twitter.com/EwcyolYVmM— Stand Up To Cancer (@SU2C) August 22, 2021
Black-ish star Anthony Anderson also paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman, calling the Black Panther actor’s unexpected passing at 43 ‘devastating’ after his battle with colon cancer was kept under wraps. Calling Boseman an ‘incredible artist’ and ‘true hero’, Anderson also reminded audiences that the late star was also a person like everyone else, a son, a brother, uncle, cousin, friend, colleague and husband. He also said of how most people are familiar with the ‘fracture’ a loved one’s passing can leave in life.
Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey also featured on the telecast, sharing a personal story of how he himself had lost a close friend and mentor to cancer, which he referred to as a ‘damned disease’.
Co-Hosts @KenJeong & #TranHo know first-hand how life-changing a diagnosis can be. Tran is a 13-year #breastcancer survivor and the reason Ken has become an advocate for #StandUpToCancer’s cancer research.— Stand Up To Cancer (@SU2C) August 22, 2021
“It’s simple: science saves lives. Science saved my life.” – Tran Ho pic.twitter.com/iNjrvoRV70
In addition to Anderson, the event also saw the appearance of several known Hollywood actors including Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Sofia Vergara and Ken Jeong and his wife. Jeong’s wife also shared with audiences the story of her own breast cancer diagnosis.
Produced by Done + Dusted and Stand Up To Cancer’s production team, the event also featured Reese Witherspoon and husband as co-executive producers.