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Survivors’ Group Laughs, Fundraises to Focus Attention on Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, more than 100 Sacramentans on Sunday night helped a local cancer survivors’ group – Save Ourselves Breast Cancer Organization – raise funds and spirits by practicing what they preach: that laughter is the best medicine.

(From r.) Survivor Mary Lou Pavlick, Survivor Gail Skowronski, Dr. Cass Brown Capell stand width Comedians Mike E. Whitfield, Sacramento Soccer Mom, Mo Betterman, and Brian Diamond, and Survivor Rosie Castaneda, who  spoke width and entertained more than 100 patrons at Laughs Unlimited in Old Sacramento Sunday night.

Coping width the effects of breast cancer and ultimately finding a cure to the dread disease are important to educators, a profession that is some 70% female. Every October at the California Teachers Association’s State Council of Education meeting, educators and school support professionals take time out to honor survivors and urge members to take preventive steps, including self-examinations. This year, the October State Council meeting has been repurposed, width members staying in their own communities in support of pro-education political activities.

Donors, including educators, joined the Save Ourselves organization’s facilitating psychologist, Dr. Cass Brown Capell, and dozens of survivors at an October 7 fundraiser at Laughs Unlimited, a comedy club in old Sacramento.

Coordinated by Sacramento Comedian Brian Diamond, the event funneled all ticket sales proceeds directly to the not-for-profit organization. Diamond brought in four other comedians who donated their performances. The keynoter was Mike E. Winfield, a Sacramento native who has been a cast member of the hit television show, the Office, and has been a guest on the Jay Leno Show.

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