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Laughter is the best medicine

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Feb 18, 2014 - 1:43 PM |
Comedian Gabriel Rutledge is the headliner of The Boob Tour, which visits Sudbury Feb. 21. Supplied photo.

Comedian Gabriel Rutledge is the headliner of The Boob Tour, which visits Sudbury Feb. 21. Supplied photo.

The Boob Tour makes 3rd visit to Sudbury

Breast cancer may be no laughing matter, but it's still true that laughter is the best medicine, according to one of the founding members of Angels in Pink.

That's why it's only fitting that the group, which fundraises for the Northern Cancer Foundation's Breast Cancer Equipment Fund, is bringing in The Boob Tour comedy show to Sudbury on Feb. 21 for the third time, said Bev Brisco.

Seeing the funny side of life is important to cancer patients, as it helps them to maintain a positive attitude, she said.

“Nothing beats a good laugh, because life still goes on,” Brisco said.

While she isn't a breast cancer survivor herself, Brisco became involved in Angels in Pink because she used to work with the group's founder, Annette Cressy.

But given that her own husband went through five years of cancer treatments for esophageal cancer, she said she understands all too well what cancer patients endure.

The Boob Tour seeks out breast cancer charities across North America to support through comedy show fundraisers. The group decided to support Angels in Pink after running across its Facebook page.

The show's headliner is Gabriel Rutledge, whose comedy focuses on his life as a husband and father of three small children. Scott Belford, Mark DeBonis and Sudbury native Sandra Battaglini will also perform.

“I have a saying: 'Before you walk into the hall at the Caruso Club, you make sure you make a pit stop at the washroom, because you're going to pee yourself from laughing so much,'” Brisco said.

Over the years, Angels in Pink has raised more than $400,000 to purchase various breast cancer equipment.

Through this year's comedy show, the group hopes to bring in $10,000 to go towards paying off Health Sciences North's new $120,000 ion torrent analyzer, which aids in the diagnosis of cancer and heart conditions, and is used for medical research.

The Boob Tour starts at 7 p.m. at the Caruso Club's upper hall.

Tickets, which cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door, are available through the Sudbury Theatre Centre Box office or the Northern Cancer Foundation. Phone 705-674-8381, ext. 21 or 705-523-HOPE (4673) or visit www.sudburytheatre.ca.

For more information about The Boob Tour, visit www.TheBoobTour.com.
Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

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