An emotional Gwyneth Paltrow backs 'Stand Up To Cancer' campaign after losing her father to the disease ten years ago
12:46 GMT, 25 September 2012
Hollywood beauty Gwyneth Paltrow is using her superstar status for a great cause.
The Oscar-winning actress – whose father Bruce Paltrow lost a battle against cancer in 2002 – wants people to 'fight back' and is backing the 'Stand Up To Cancer' campaign, which aims to raise funds for clinical research.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign in London, she said: 'Cancer claims the lives of eight million men, women and children worldwide every year.
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Gwyneth Paltrow wept as she spoke at the 'Stand Up To Cancer' event at the Savoy hotel yesterday after losing her father to the disease ten years ago
'I lost my father in 2002 and I am all too aware of the impact this disease has on a family.
'Stand Up To Cancer is a grassroots movement to raise funds for cancer research. On October 19 the fight against cancer comes to town.
'We have the power to make cancer powerless and perhaps even end it but it takes research and that requires funding.
'Cancer has taken some of the best among us and it is time for us all to stand up and fight back. I am so proud to be standing up to cancer for my dad.'
The Hollywood actress lost her father to the disease in 2002
It's been nearly 10 years since he died, but Gwyneth Paltrow says she still talks to her father Bruce.
The actress claims she talks to her dad through his wedding ring in times of need.
was left devastated when the film producer passed away from
complications of cancer and pneumonia while they were on holiday in
Bruce, 58, had joined his daughter in Rome for her 30th birthday, but died a few days later on October 3, 2002.
The week-long initiative – which has been established in America for four years – will culminate in a live UK TV fundraising event on Channel 4 on October 19, which will feature a host of stars urging the public to donate money and raise funds.
Alan Carr hosted the event and Kylie Minogue, who survived breast cancer, is an avid supporter
Comedian Alan Carr, who is hosting the event, said: 'Like so many people I have seen how destructive the big 'C' is.
'I've already lost two people this year to cancer and my friend was diagnosed with throat cancer and next week is having their voice box removed and won't speak again.'
Among the celebrities expected to be involved are Ricky Gervais, Peter Andre and breast cancer survivor Kylie Minogue.
VIDEO: Gwyneth – 'It's time to fight back against cancer'