Big stars in music, entertainment and sports will band together on 60 broadcast and cable networks and streaming channels Friday night as part of a huge effort to snuff out cancer.
One of the many people sharing the stage will be Mitchell Carbon from Spokane, who I first met in third grade when he and my daughter became friends. On the first day of 8th grade, Mitch was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
For years Mitch fought with everything he had. He underwent many rounds of chemo, radiation, surgeries, a bone marrow transplant, and much isolation, drugs and chemicals torturing his body.
The disease progressed to his brain and after more than three years of fighting, doctors told his parents they'd done all they could.
But Rob and Kari Carbon wouldn't give up; they made a last-ditch effort to get him experimental treatment in Philadelphia. He was the first child in the world to receive the treatment when the disease spread to the brain.
Fast forward to today. Mitch is now cancer-free, he graduated in June from University High with honors, is now attending Whitworth University, and his story will be shared on the Stand Up To Cancer 2016 show, which airs at 8 PM Friday on ABC.