Tickets are only $20 and proceeds will be used to support Kimm and raise money to help others in similar situations.
At 41, the Milton mother of two young children has had to face the fact of being diagnosed with the advanced stages of glioblastoma multiform, a deadly brain tumour.
But she isn’t doing it alone with the community rallying behind her in her fight to buy some more time to live, love and spend time with her husband and children. Her family and friends have been mobilizing to help raise money for treatments that will prolong her life.
Support Kimm and Others at Comedy Club 54
They’re hosting a comedy show fundraiser at Club 54 Nightclub in Burlington on Nov. 29 to help Kimm and her family pay for a drug called Avastin, which her oncologist has said is her best possible treatment.
The night will feature comedian Mark Matthews, who has opened for Jerry Seinfield, Gilbert Gottfried and Jimmy “JJ” Walker to name a few. Mark has also appeared on Crystal Comedy Quest, The Fruitopia Comedy Fest, Comedy at Club 54 and the CBC show Comics.
Tickets cost $20, with doors opening at 8 p.m. at 3345 Harvester Rd.
Kimm’s family and friends have said the event is really about having some fun while raising much needed funds and awareness about Kimm’s situation and others like her.
How to Purchase a Ticket
You can contact Scott Fletcher to purchase tickets:
Kimm has already gone through her first treatment earlier this month with positive results.
The tumour, which is inoperable, showed no growth on her MRI and she said she was feeling more energetic and healthy.
“So what has been rapid growth now has shown no growth,” she wrote on her fundraising site. “Yes treatment is working, yes round 1 win!”
Kimm and her family have also been actively lobbying the Ontario government to cover the cost of the drug Avastin, which has Kimm’s family paying $8,000 out-of-pocket each month.
The drug isn’t covered by the Ontario government or by her insurance company for use against brain tumours even though Health Canada approved the drug in 2010 to treat patients with glioblastoma multiform.
Health and Long-Term Care Minister Deb Matthews has told the media that the particular drug is currently approved to treat colorectal cancer in Ontario, but that evidence doesn’t warrant coverage for other types of cancer. Still, Kimm said she will continue lobbying the province to cover the costs so that other families like hers won’t have to go through the worry about how they would be able to afford the treatments.