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Thursday, August 30, 2018 1:00 am

Downtown bridge to light up for telecast

130 landmarks to reflect Stand Up to Cancer colors

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge will show the colors red, orange and yellow Sept. 7 for the Stand Up to Cancer telecast, the organization announced Wednesday.

The downtown bridge will be one of 130 buildings, monuments and landmarks in the U.S. and Canada that will be lit up in conjunction with the telecast, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on more than 65 networks, including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. The show will feature performances from Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and Keith Urban.

The Sept. 7 broadcast is the sixth biannual Stand Up to Cancer telecast, and actor Bradley Cooper is a co-executive producer.

The Indiana Power and Light Building in Indianapolis will also be lit in red, orange and yellow.

“We are honored to have our 10 years of impact recognized by so many iconic landmarks across the U.S. and Canada,” Sung Poblet, president and CEO of Stand Up to Cancer said in a statement. “Illuminating buildings in Stand Up to Cancer's signature colors across both countries brilliantly symbolizes our emphasis on collaboration and teamwork in Stand Up to Cancer's life-saving research.”

In addition to the MLK bridge, other buildings around the country that will be illuminated in Stand Up to Cancer's colors – orange, red, yellow, gray or white – include the New York Stock Exchange; Wrigley Field; Niagara Falls; Peace Bridge, which connects Buffalo, New York and Fort Erie, Ontario; New York's Helmsley Building; Capital Wheel near Washington, D.C.; and One Liberty Place, Circa Tower and FMC Tower in Philadelphia.

In Canada, the 3D Toronto sign; Calgary Tower and Reconciliation Bridge; High Level Bridge in Edmonton; Sails of Light and BC Place Stadium in Vancouver; and the London Convention Center in London, Ontario, will also be illuminated for the broadcast.