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In 2015 I never expected that at 34 years old with two young girls I would be diagnosed with a cancer like Multiple Myeloma.  After months of procedures, chemo, and treatment at the Forrest General Cancer Center as well as the Mayo Clinic, I underwent a stem cell transplant at Vanderbilt University that I know has and will greatly improve the long term outcome for me and my family. I'm pleased to say that I am more than a year out from the transplant and enjoying life with my family in Hattiesburg. 

I’m thankful for our hometown and the amazing community of friends and family that have been so supportive of us.  In 2016 with the support of this community we were fortunate to start Laughs 4 Life and host Frank Caliendo as our headlining performer at the inaugural event, raising over $124,000!  We were all left with smiles on our faces as the community came together in a truly unique way, recognizing the impact we were able to have on the treatment of cancer.  We certainly all need a little laughter as we face challenges in life, and we are excited to announce the return of the 2nd annual Laughs 4 Life comedic event right here in Hattiesburg.  

The funds raised from the 2017 event will be shared among some incredible organizations: The International Myeloma Foundation, CURE Childhood Cancer, and the Forrest General Cancer Center.  With a goal of raising $150,000 and surpassing the 2016 total of $124,000 we know these organizations will be able to provide benefits to patients in a variety of targeted ways.  We welcome the community to join us for a night of laughter, fun, and philanthropy as we collectively improve the future outlook for so many facing the challenges cancer presents.  

Thank you,

Kent Oliver

Laughs 4 Life Founder