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Comedy to Help Fight Cancer

Burlington's Relay for Life coordinators are presenting an evening of comedy featuring funny-man Jerry Caruso on May 4 at the American Legion.

There is nothing funny about cancer but next Friday laughs will be used to help combat the disease.

coordinators Tiffany Freeman and Cheryl Shafman are hosting an evening of comedy to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The event will feature Boston-based comedian Jerry Caruso, who has been making audiences laugh since 1993 with his "unique mix of celebrity impressions, song parodies and stand-up comedy." Visit his website for more information.

The event will be held at the at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4. The cost of entry is $20 and free hors d'oeuvres. There will also be a cash bar.

This year's Relay for Life will take place on June 2, 2012 at the  track. Visit the website for more information, to see the variety of teams and to get involved.

The American Cancer Societies Relay for Life is an overnight event to raise funds for cancer research and to support patients of cancer and their families. Along with funding research, money raised goes to a variety of services for those afflicted with this terrible disease, including providing patients transportation to treatment, the "Look Good, Feel Better" program that helps women cope with the appearance-related side effects of treatment, summer camps for children with cancer, providing patients with necessary information and providing free lodging for families traveling with patients for treatment.

Relay for Life is more about raising money, however. It is also a chance for cancer survivors, their families and friends and people who have lost a loved one to the disease to come together and stand united against the disease. Survivors share their experience and remind everyone that cancer is something that affects everyone and that any effort to fight it is an effort to save the a life. Along with the poignant moments, Relay also offers an opportunity for a community to come together and appreciate each other and what they have as they work towards a common cause. Games are played, food is cooked and people have a good time encouraging one another and spending time with family, friends and new friends met at the event.

"This is such a great opportunity for people to get out with friends or make it a date night with a spouse or significant other," Freeman previously told Patch concerning a Relay comedy night. "As a working mother of two and wife I know it isn't always that easy to get out and have a great time without spending an arm and a leg! What better way to make a night of it and support this amazing event, Relay For Life of Burlington!"

For more information email Burlington Relay organizer Cheryl Shafman at cheryl.shafman@verizon.net and/or Tiffany Freeman at stbcfreeman@gmail.com. For more information visit www.relayforlife.org/BurlingtonMA.

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