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Teen Comedy Contest for Sarcoma Awareness
November 17, 2017 @ 7:15 pm MST
In my recently released young adult novel, A Messy, Beautiful Life, a teen improviser copes with a heartbreaking diagnosis of cancer by entering a comedy contest and finding her lifeline through the punchlines. It’s inspired by my own experience as a sarcoma survivor and as a professional improviser. I wanted to bring that Teen Comedy Contest in the book to life! For fun (I would have loved to have a contest like this in high school!), but also to bring awareness to Sarcoma, which is a cancer of the tissues (bone, cartilage, muscle) that is often overlooked or misdiagnosed but accounts for 20% of childhood cancers.
Sarcoma Foundation of America supports important research to find a cure for this type of cancer.
The Teen Comedy Contest will take place at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, CO, on November 17. Tickets for the contest are $5 at the door. 100% of ticket sales from the Teen Comedy Contest will benefit the Sarcoma Foundation of America. Can’t make it in person? Please consider supporting the cause here. Thank you!
As for my story: I was in my twenties when I was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma and it turned my world upside down. But I was one of the lucky ones and found an amazing surgeon in Dr. John Healey of MSKCC. I’ve been cancer-free for eleven years. I want to give back to the community, and I’m happy to have a book out that will hopefully bring more awareness to this type of cancer, as well has hosting this fundraiser to bring needed funds to such an important cause. www.sarajadealan.com/teencomedycontest