When you see a void in the world, do you take action or hope someone else does? If you are Joelle Syverson, you act. In 2004, Joelle founded Humor to Fight the Tumor. She initially created the foundation in hopes to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor research in the Twin Cities. Little did she know her efforts would grow into an established non-profit with a devoted national network of support that provides resources and hope for those directly afflicted. Joelle herself has been living with a non-curable, recurring brain tumor for 15 years and is an inspiration to many.
After she was diagnosed in 2001, Joelle was attending a small fundraiser supporting diabetes when it dawned on her that she could do this for those fighting brain tumors. With her sister and a small group of college girlfriends by her side, Humor to Fight the Tumor was born. While a brain tumor is no laughing matter, Joelle is convinced that humor is the best medicine. Their annual fundraiser includes the traditional Silent Auction, Live Auction, and Fund-a-Need, but they also provide laughs by bringing in a comedian to entertain the guests.
To date, Humor to Fight the Tumor has raised almost $2.5 million to fund research and patient services for those affected by brain cancer. Along with the money raised, they have built a network that focuses on long-term relationships with patients, families, caregivers, loved ones, volunteers, doctors, and researchers. Through the funds raised and the relationships cultivated, HTFT continues to support research at organizations such as American Brain Tumor Association, the University of Minnesota, and Mayo Clinic.
We at Auction Harmony are fortunate to be able to support people like Joelle and organizations like Humor to Fight the Tumor. 2016 will be our 8th year of partnering with them on their gala. Each year we are amazed at what a small group of committed friends has been able to accomplish, and each year we feel the energy from Joelle, knowing that nothing will get in her way. She is determined and passionate in her quest to improve the lives of those living with brain tumors.
Will you, like Joelle, take action? There are several ways to show your support for Humor to Fight the Tumor and their mission. You could simply follow them on Twitter and/or Facebook to spread the word. You could become a sponsor, donate to the Silent Auction or Live Auction, or attend Humor to Fight the Tumor’s 13th annual Gala - an evening to Celebrate Life on September 10, 2016!
Joelle’s desire is to impact for eternity. We are impacted and think you will be too. To learn more about Humor to Fight the Tumor or their gala, please visit their website.