with Kimberly Parekh and group

We are a new demand-driven and patient-led in-person and online community support group for young women and men (diagnosed between the age of 18 – 45ish) with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in the DC, MD, and VA area. We have created this group as a means of providing both a safe community support space for people with MBC, as well as peer- led and expert-led information on living with breast cancer. This group is new and independent of any established breast cancer organization, though we are in complete gratitude to the Smith Center for hosting us this calendar year. 

We facilitate our group in a democratic and participatory manner; in essence, our group is your group! Interested new members, kindly contact Kimberly Parekh at kimberlyparekh@yahoo.com for an informal intake before coming to your first meeting.

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 11, 6 – 8 PM
  • July 10, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • August 13, 6 – 8 PM
  • September 11, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • October 8, 6 – 8 PM
  • November 13, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • December 10, 6 – 8 PM (holiday party)

with Kimberly Parekh and group

We are a new demand-driven and patient-led in-person and online community support group for young women and men (diagnosed between the age of 18 – 45ish) with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in the DC, MD, and VA area. We have created this group as a means of providing both a safe community support space for people with MBC, as well as peer- led and expert-led information on living with breast cancer. This group is new and independent of any established breast cancer organization, though we are in complete gratitude to the Smith Center for hosting us this calendar year. 

We facilitate our group in a democratic and participatory manner; in essence, our group is your group! Interested new members, kindly contact Kimberly Parekh at kimberlyparekh@yahoo.com for an informal intake before coming to your first meeting.

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 8, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • June 11, 6 – 8 PM
  • July 10, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • August 13, 6 – 8 PM
  • September 11, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • October 8, 6 – 8 PM
  • November 13, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • December 10, 6 – 8 PM (holiday party)

Drafthouse Comedy Theater
1100 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
*Location: Entrance is on L Street Between 13th and 14th Street*

Featuring Young Adult Cancer Survivors & Co-Survivors sharing comedic storytelling or stand-up comedy sets.
This group of young adult cancer survivors and Co-survivors has honed their skills and crafted hilarious stories and stand-up comedy sets for your enjoyment. Join us for a night of laughter and community as we blow off some steam and raise money for the DC Young Adult Cancer Community, an initiative of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Through the DC Young Adult Cancer Community, we provide a space for those living with cancer in their 20s, 30s and early 40s to meet others to vent, laugh, connect, and share resources. 

Buy your tickets for $30 per person today!

About Charity Sade

Charity Sade is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Kimberly Parekh and group

We are a new demand-driven and patient-led in-person and online community support group for young women and men (diagnosed between the age of 18 – 45ish) with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in the DC, MD, and VA area. We have created this group as a means of providing both a safe community support space for people with MBC, as well as peer- led and expert-led information on living with breast cancer. This group is new and independent of any established breast cancer organization, though we are in complete gratitude to the Smith Center for hosting us this calendar year. 

We facilitate our group in a democratic and participatory manner; in essence, our group is your group! Interested new members, kindly contact Kimberly Parekh at kimberlyparekh@yahoo.com for an informal intake before coming to your first meeting.

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 9, 6 – 8 PM
  • May 8, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • June 11, 6 – 8 PM
  • July 10, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • August 13, 6 – 8 PM
  • September 11, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • October 8, 6 – 8 PM
  • November 13, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • December 10, 6 – 8 PM (holiday party)

with Charity Sade

This class is targeted toward Young Adult Cancer Patients/Survivors and will be held from 2:30-4:30pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Patients/Survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, February 23rd and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Charity Sade

Young Adult Cancer Caregivers/Co-survivors (partners, friends, etc…) are welcome to join this workshop being held from 12:00-2:00pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Caregivers/Co-survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, October 6th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and patients/survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Erin Price, LGSW, and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

This monthly gathering is an opportunity to meet other young adult cancer survivors in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. Join us to enjoy a light dinner together with caregivers and participate in a facilitated group support session. This program is a collaborative initiative of local hospitals, health organizations and cancer support groups.*

This group meets once each month on Sundays from 5:00-6:30pm. A light vegan meal is served.

Our monthly Young Adult Caregiver Support Group meets simultaneously. Please indicate when registering if a caregiver will be joining you.

*A warm thank you to our partners that have allowed us to provide a supportive community to more young adults in the DC region:

  • Bella Warrior
  • Cancer Support Community
  • GWU Medical Faculty Associates
  • First Descents
  • Hope Connections for Cancer Support
  • Howard University Hospital
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Life With Cancer
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Nueva Vida
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Stupid Cancer
  • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Young Survival Coalition

About Erin Price

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

About Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Ann Hughes, LICSW creates a safe and supportive environment from which individuals can define their goals, as well as the means by which they can be achieved. Cheryl tailors each treatment plan using a variety of modalities including EMDR, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, and with recognition of– and a deep respect for — the strong connection between mind and body. Cheryl infuses her work with mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in recognizing their own ability to create a reality that will lead to a satisfying and fulfilling life. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical and medical social work, from Catholic University. She works with cancer patients and their families as they deal with the increased stressors caused by cancer and its treatment.

with Charity Sade

This class is targeted toward Young Adult Cancer Patients/Survivors and will be held from 2:30-4:30pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Patients/Survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, February 23rd and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Charity Sade

Young Adult Cancer Caregivers/Co-survivors (partners, friends, etc…) are welcome to join this workshop being held from 12:00-2:00pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Caregivers/Co-survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, October 6th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and patients/survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Charity Sade

This class is targeted toward Young Adult Cancer Patients/Survivors and will be held from 2:30-4:30pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Patients/Survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, February 23rd and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.