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August 20, 2013

Well-known comedians to headline fundraiser

PLATTSBURGH — Two nationally known comedians will perform here Saturday at a CancerBgone benefit to help renovate hospital rooms for cancer patients.

Moody McCarthy and Johnny Lampert had done stand-up for the local nonprofit’s first fundraiser in March 2011, and when group founder Patricia Diman called to book comedians for the upcoming Comedy Night, Lampert said they wanted to give a return performance to help further the cause.

“They give us a bit of a break,” she said of the fee that’s charged.

Lampert’s credits include appearances on Comedy Central and HBO; McCarthy has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

’TO EASE SUFFERING’

Comedy Night is a way for Diman to celebrate the altruism and sense of humor of her late uncle Seamus Loughrey of Ireland, who had pancreatic and lung cancer before he died in 2010.

“I’m doing it to carry on how he looked out for people,” she said. “And if you can laugh along the way, even better.”

She created the organization CancerBgone in his memory, that same year.

CVPH is in the midst of renovating inpatient rooms where cancer patients undergo intense treatment; one has already been completed.

To do just one costs $10,000.

“If it can ease their suffering at all, that’s CancerBgone’s goal,” Diman said. 

“It just fosters better healing when the environment the patient is in is more practical, more comfortable, more soothing. It makes them feel more normal.

“I’ve seen cancer patients and how much they suffer,” Diman added, thinking of her father, Peter Kelleher of Ottawa, who was hospitalized for a month during cancer treatment in a room that was not conducive to healing.

“I’m going to do as much as I can for the cancer patients here.

“Anything that is going to foster healing is not a luxury.”

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