Humor to Fight the Tumor was founded by Joelle Syverson, a brain tumor survivor diagnosed in 2001 with a non-curable, recurring tumor. Joelle enlisted the help of her sister, Kristin Gabriel, and three college friends to create an event that would be God-honoring, raise funds for brain tumor research, and build awareness of a greatly underfunded disease. That event became Humor to Fight the Tumor, an annual gala that now draws hundreds of supporters each year and features a dinner, silent and live auctions, live comedy, and stories of the courage and determination of those affected by this disease. By sharing these stories– sometimes heartbreaking, always uplifting – the event shines a light on the devastating effects of brain tumors, which attack the very centers of movement, thought and emotion. That light kindles hope, hope fuels generosity, and generosity paves the way for new and more effective treatments.

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