The event had already topped last year's total by 6 p.m., with the phone lines open until midnight. The telethon on WEEI-AM radio and New England Sports Network cable television station surpassed its goal of raising $2 million by 10:30 p.m.
Among the celebrity fundraisers were: John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Rick Schroeder, Roger Clemens, George Steinbrenner, Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.
Recently, John Kerry helped raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute by riding in the Pan MA Challenge. He also recently posted his survivor story on LiveStrong.org.