The  Second Annual “No Laughing Matter” Fundraiser Raises $600,000 for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research

An All-Star Comedy Line-Up Donated Time and Talent to the Laugh-Out-Loud Fundraiser on October 22, Helping Raise Research Funding for Rare and Inoperable Brain Tumors at Weill Cornell Medicine

The room was filled with laughter infused by hope on Tuesday, October 22 at Carolines on Broadway as the Children’s Brain Tumor Family Foundation hosted the second annual “No Laughing Matter,” a night of comedy to benefit the Children’s Brain Tumor Project (CBTP) at Weill Cornell Medicine. The inaugural event in 2018 raised $450,000 to benefit the groundbreaking research of Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield, co-founders of the CBTP, and surpassed that goal in 2019 raising more than $600,000.

“We are so grateful to the Children’s Brain Tumor Family Foundation, our dinner chair, the performers, the honorees, the sponsors and the volunteer staff who made this event such a tremendous success.  We are so humbled to be the beneficiary of such a big event in New York City, and we were completely blown away by the support,” said Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield.

The event included an emotional donation appeal, raising much-needed research funding to expand the legacy tumor tissue program as featured in this video.  There were also several children and families in attendance to support the event, like ten-year-old Walker Lipton, who has been personally impacted by a pediatric brain tumor diagnosis.

In addition to side-splitting comedy, the evening included an award presentation to Mike Minter and Emmie Hill, who helped their daughter, Elizabeth, create “Elizabeth’s Hope” before she passed away in 2012. Elizabeth’s Hope was the cornerstone for the creation of the Weill Cornell Medicine Children’s Brain Tumor Project.

THE PHOTO GALLERY IS AVAILABLE HERE. Generously donated by Heidi Green Photography.



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