Tears to laughter: Comedy night slated for Corbin Lew

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
February 23rd, 2011

They say laughter is the best medicine – and this may prove to be at least partially true for Castlegar’s 10-year-old Corbin Lew, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

  While Corbin undergoes a six-month chemotherapy treatment, folks back home are organizing fundraisers like ‘Comedy for Corbin’ on March 18. Featuring Mountain FM hosts Drex & Johnson, saying the stuff they can’t say on air, as well as headlining Nelson’s award-winning stand-up comic/musician Lucas Myers and Abe Fominoff, host of You Tube’s ST News, Comedy for Corbin will be adding acts in the coming days to ensure a fun night of hilarity – or, at the very least, a full bar and a fabulous cause.  Tickets can be purchased for just $8 at the door (Fireside Inn, starting at 6 p.m. March 18) if any are left, but to be sure of a seat, you might want to head down to Mountain FM’s Castlegar studio at 1101A 4th Street and purchase yours today. The event is a 19-year-old-plus evening, except the opening act, which will feature the musical stylings of the brilliant students of Castlegar’s Supercat Studios.  Andy at Mountain Transport Institute has even donated vehicles and drivers to see that everyone gets home safely at the end of the evening.  As soon as the dynamic duo Drex & Johnson heard about Corbin’s illness and the treatment it would require, they started pulling the fundraiser together.  “Corbin, his mom Connie, and his (twin) brother Chris all listen to our show and call in from time to time,” Drex said. “With everything that was happening with Cole (Hoodicoff, see https://castlegarsource.com/news/general/cole-captivated-canucks-9935), we felt that Corbin may have fallen through the cracks a little.”  Johnson pointed out that the community has already shown a willingness to step up, raising a whopping $4,000 at a combined garage/bake sale at the Legion last weekend, but more is needed and they have faith the community will come through.  “Marla Hoodicoff (Cole’s aunt) …even with everything their family is dealing with, she called and asked what she could do to help,” said Drex. “She took care of printing all the tickets for the comedy night.”  “It’s amazing and wonderful,” Johnson added.  And in case you were needing icing on an already-sweet cake, Drex is also cooking up a little surprise for both Cole and Corbin when he heads to Vancouver on his vacation.  “I talked to Connie yesterday and arranged to take Corbin and Cole to a very popular tourist attraction in Vancouver for the day,” he said. “I can’t tell you which one – it’s a surprise.”  Of course, Mountain FM will also be accepting donations, so if you can’t make the comedy night, but wish to help out for a terrific cause, pop by the studio or call 250-365-7600.

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