Humor, Heart & Hope: Laughter Through the Cancer Journey


“My life had made me funny, and cancer wasn’t going to change that.”

– Gilda Radner

In collaboration with The Heartland Media Foundation and The Humor Project, Inc., CSC is bringing levity, laughter and humor with an empowering message to people touched by cancer across the country. Through education, materials, and a documentary film about the power of humor, this program is designed to bring the joy of laughter to those living with cancer, their families and their friends. It provides a look at how to tap into humor’s positive power, inviting in more heart, hope, and happiness for anyone affected by cancer.

Staff from the Humor Project presented four half-day humor symposiums in March, hosted by CSC affiliates in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Monica, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Nine 90 minute Humor Workshops will also be held this spring at select affiliates including: St. Louis, Central Indiana, Chicago, Westchester, Greater Ann Arbor, South Jersey, Desert Cities, Nashville and South Florida. All affiliates in the U.S. will receive Humor First Aid Kits for their libraries.

Throughout the project, The Heartland Media Foundation will be creating a documentary film, capturing the program’s unique and powerful story. It will include symposium and workshop footage, interviews with CSC members and staff, and information about the science and art of humor in serious illness. The film will launch later this year.

“It’s such an act of optimism to get through a day and enjoy it and laugh and do all that without thinking about death. What spirit human beings have!”
– Gilda Radner


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