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Comedy Night to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


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A week ago, Saturday April 14th, we attended the third annual Comedy Night benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Frank Purcell and Carolyn M Ross host the event at The Cynwyd Club in Bala Cynwyd.

Each year they have comedy acts for entertainment, food, open bar, raffle items, 50/50, silent auction, and door prizes.

This year the comedians were Steve Shaffer and Chip Chantry. The star of the show was Frank’s cousin, and emcee Mother Anita Moorehead. She had 6 costume changes and kept the laughs coming throughout the night.

Frank Purcell is a 14-year Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor. He is part of Team in Training and recently was honored as the keynote speaker at The Fifth Annual Red & White Ball.

Frank was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma stage III-B and treated locally at Penn Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center with six-months of chemotherapy.

Frank’s story began when he found a lump on his neck and luckily thought to ask a doctor about it. As a result, his cancer diagnosis was caught fairly early. Frank had none of the more common symptoms of Hodgkin’s disease.

Within a few weeks, the lump on Frank’s neck grew to the size of a softball. He had an intravenous chest port installed so that the chemotherapy could be delivered directly to his heart through the vena cava. As hard as chemotherapy was, Frank felt fortunate with the way his body tolerated aggressive treatment.

Frank was aware that he was one of the lucky ones. He continues to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by taking part in many Team in Training events and his annual Comedy Night.

If you have not attended this event, you need to mark your calendars for next years’ event. You don’t want to miss this fun filled event to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


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