A worker refurbishing one of the several rooms at CVPH and the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center, being financed by donations from CancerBgone and other community support.
On Aug. 24, CancerBgone will be holding a Comedy Night fundraiser at the Elks Lodge in Plattsburgh.
The event will feature New York City comedians Johnny Lampert and Moody McCarthy, who have appeared on HBO, Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman. Also featured will be the Philadelphia based soul/funk/hip-hop band Swift Technique, who have toured the country and are on their way back from a successful tour of the West Coast.
“We’re really fortunate to have this level of talent appear in Plattsburgh,” said Patricia Diman, event organizer and co-founder of CancerBgone.
Proceeds from the event, as well as other CancerBgone sponsored events, will go to the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center and the CVPH R-5 renovation project. The project consists of the renovation of 8 patient rooms, to incorporate new beds, a chair for visiting family members that folds into a bed, an interactive flat-screen television, plus warmer, inviting colors for all rooms.
“It’s very important to the patient and the family how the room is, it really does promote their healing,” Diman said. “I believe they’ve done two rooms now, and there are two more that are being done right now.”
Each room costs approximately $10,000 to renovate.
Diman credits the help of a dedicated core of volunteers for their success, as well as the generosity of the community. Along with the comedians and band appearing at the Aug. 24 event, there will be a live and a silent auction featuring more than 50 items donated by community members and businesses. There will also be a raffle featuring two Disney passes, two Disney passes with airfare, David Ortiz and a Mariano Rivera autographed jerseys, a New York Jets autographed ball, as well as other items.
“We have a core group of volunteers; a main group of about 10 who are just wonderful. We couldn’t do it without them. Without the amount of community support we wouldn’t be able to have the events without them, so it’s wonderful to have that in order to be able to do it. To see the start of this, and it keeps growing every year, it’s wonderful to see.”
Diman started CancerBgone two years ago along with her husband Rob in honor of her uncle Seamus who died of cancer in Ireland. Since then, CancerBgone has hosted numerous events, and raised funds for cancer related projects such as the room renovations. They also will be coupling with the city of Plattsburgh to sponsor the annual Rock Eater Adventure Race. Diman is hoping that the pairing will be an annual thing.
For more information, check out the CancerBgone page on Facebook, or cancerbgone.net.