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 two years out from the transplant, living comfortably with maintenance therapy, 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.
In 2017 we set out to exceed the results from 2016 while at the same time holding true to our vision for Laughs 4 Life. We welcomed Bill Engvall to a sold out Saenger Theater and raised more than $152,000 for some incredible organizations: The International Myeloma Foundation, CURE Childhood Cancer, and the Forrest General Cancer Center. The bar has been raised, but we're excited to yet again try to clear that bar with a night of incredible comedy and fundraising. We welcome the community to join us again as we collectively improve the future outlook for so many facing the challenges cancer presents.
Laughs 4 Life Founder