Humor to Fight the Tumor is one of the country’s premier fundraising events benefiting those living with brain tumors and those researching more effective treatments. To date, the event has raised over $2 million to aid in the fight against brain tumors.

The goal of Humor to Fight the Tumor is to move people through the power of hope and laughter to contribute to the important work of funding research and patient services. The gala event features silent and live auctions, live comedy, dinner, and stories of determination and courage by brain tumor survivors and honorees.

By sharing stories of those affected by brain tumors—sometimes heartbreaking, always uplifting—we shine a light on the devastating effects of a disease that attacks the very centers of movement, thought, and emotion. That light kindles hope, hope fuels generosity, and generosity paves the way for new treatments.

When you sponsor or attend Humor to Fight the Tumor, or donate to the silent or live auctions, your generosity directly benefits patients, families, caregivers, doctors and researchers.

2015 Event

10-year brain cancer survivor Aubrey King and Auctioneer Kristine Fladeboe

On Saturday, September 12, Humor to Fight the Tumor held its 12th annual gala. Over 600 people attended and a record $325,000 was raised for research and patient services for brain tumors. To date, Humor to Fight the Tumor has raised over $2.3 million dollars. The 12th annual gala featured remarks from event founder Joelle Syverson, who announced Humor to Fight the Tumor Foundation has granted money to Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Also parts of the evening were live and silent auctions, comedy by Jarrod Harris, and a video showing stories of hope and determination provided comedy by our four honorees: Arthur Ben Ari, Joe Grimstad, Emily Kostik, and Aaron Purmort.