Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 24th. Please click here to register for this series.

With Charity Sade

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 11 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 $45 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, February 24th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks from 2:00-4:00pm. The final class is Sunday, March 31st. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and to perform at the comedy showcase (Date TBD). Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or programs@smithcenter.org if you have any questions or concerns about this program.

 About Charity Sade

Charity is a 31-year-old stand-up comedian and writer.  She currently resides in Washington, D.C. and is living out her dream of being financially poor, but spiritually rich. Although she is a newbie to the comedy scene, she has performed at Stand-Up NY, Greenwich Comedy Club, and the D.C. Drafthouse Comedy Theater.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. She has since kicked breast cancer’s ass and often talks about her experiences during and after treatment in her writing and stand-up routines.

Her superpower is being able to make you laugh and cringe at the same time. Recently, she starred in a British reality tv show called, “Too Ugly For Love?”, on TLC UK. Since, she has decided that while she may be too ugly for love, she isn’t too ugly for comedy.

With Jennifer Bires, LICSW 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 Jennifer Bires

Jennifer is a rising star in the psycho-oncology field. She has almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker, most recently at George Washington University in DC where she helped create the cancer support program. During her tenure at GWU she created a number of deep and impactful programs for families, young adults and patients and helped to ensure program success by defining and tracking outcomes. Jennifer received the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of The Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has intimate knowledge of the DC cancer survivorship landscape and deep appreciation for Smith Center’s unique art and healing approach to this important work.

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.

Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 24th. Please click here to register for this series.

With Charity Sade

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 11 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 $45 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, February 24th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks from 2:00-4:00pm. The final class is Sunday, March 31st. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and to perform at the comedy showcase (Date TBD). Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or programs@smithcenter.org if you have any questions or concerns about this program.

 About Charity Sade

Charity is a 31-year-old stand-up comedian and writer.  She currently resides in Washington, D.C. and is living out her dream of being financially poor, but spiritually rich. Although she is a newbie to the comedy scene, she has performed at Stand-Up NY, Greenwich Comedy Club, and the D.C. Drafthouse Comedy Theater.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. She has since kicked breast cancer’s ass and often talks about her experiences during and after treatment in her writing and stand-up routines.

Her superpower is being able to make you laugh and cringe at the same time. Recently, she starred in a British reality tv show called, “Too Ugly For Love?”, on TLC UK. Since, she has decided that while she may be too ugly for love, she isn’t too ugly for comedy.

in partnership with the First Descents DC/Baltimore Tributary

Location: Patapsco Valley State Park, MARYLAND

The event will run until approximately 1:00pm (we plan to finish the hike around Noon and enjoy a picnic lunch for an hour).

Join other young adult cancer survivors for a morning of hiking at Patapsco Valley State Park, just south of Baltimore in Howard County. This scenic hike features a waterfall, a few small stream crossings, and views of Patapsco River. The hike is suitable for all levels and will end with a bring your own picnic lunch – so pack something delicious (we’ll have a cooler to store it). Plan to wear comfortable walking shoes, athletic pants, and non-cotton layers. Bring plenty of water and a hat and sunglasses for added sun protection. For those who want to hang out a little longer, we will share more fun times at a coffee shop or restaurant nearby. Information on where to meet will be shared after registration.

This program is co-hosted by the First Descents DC/Baltimore Tributary. First Descents is a recognized leader in outdoor experiential programming. Through outdoor adventure, skills development, and local adventure communities, FD improves the long-term survivorship of young adults impacted by cancer. The DC/Baltimore Trib provides continuous support and the opportunity for connection and year-round adventure experiences at the local level. For more information about the DC/Baltimore Trib, visit: https://firstdescents.org/programs/fd-tribs.

 

Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 24th. Please click here to register for this series.

With Charity Sade

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 11 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 $45 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, February 24th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks from 2:00-4:00pm. The final class is Sunday, March 31st. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and to perform at the comedy showcase (Date TBD). Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or programs@smithcenter.org if you have any questions or concerns about this program.

 About Charity Sade

Charity is a 31-year-old stand-up comedian and writer.  She currently resides in Washington, D.C. and is living out her dream of being financially poor, but spiritually rich. Although she is a newbie to the comedy scene, she has performed at Stand-Up NY, Greenwich Comedy Club, and the D.C. Drafthouse Comedy Theater.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. She has since kicked breast cancer’s ass and often talks about her experiences during and after treatment in her writing and stand-up routines.

Her superpower is being able to make you laugh and cringe at the same time. Recently, she starred in a British reality tv show called, “Too Ugly For Love?”, on TLC UK. Since, she has decided that while she may be too ugly for love, she isn’t too ugly for comedy.

Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 24th. Please click here to register for this series.

With Charity Sade

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 11 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 $45 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, February 24th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks from 2:00-4:00pm. The final class is Sunday, March 31st. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and to perform at the comedy showcase (Date TBD). Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or programs@smithcenter.org if you have any questions or concerns about this program.

 About Charity Sade

Charity is a 31-year-old stand-up comedian and writer.  She currently resides in Washington, D.C. and is living out her dream of being financially poor, but spiritually rich. Although she is a newbie to the comedy scene, she has performed at Stand-Up NY, Greenwich Comedy Club, and the D.C. Drafthouse Comedy Theater.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. She has since kicked breast cancer’s ass and often talks about her experiences during and after treatment in her writing and stand-up routines.

Her superpower is being able to make you laugh and cringe at the same time. Recently, she starred in a British reality tv show called, “Too Ugly For Love?”, on TLC UK. Since, she has decided that while she may be too ugly for love, she isn’t too ugly for comedy.

Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 24th. Please click here to register for this series.

With Charity Sade

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 11 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 $45 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, February 24th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks from 2:00-4:00pm. The final class is Sunday, March 31st. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and to perform at the comedy showcase (Date TBD). Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or programs@smithcenter.org if you have any questions or concerns about this program.

 About Charity Sade

Charity is a 31-year-old stand-up comedian and writer.  She currently resides in Washington, D.C. and is living out her dream of being financially poor, but spiritually rich. Although she is a newbie to the comedy scene, she has performed at Stand-Up NY, Greenwich Comedy Club, and the D.C. Drafthouse Comedy Theater.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. She has since kicked breast cancer’s ass and often talks about her experiences during and after treatment in her writing and stand-up routines.

Her superpower is being able to make you laugh and cringe at the same time. Recently, she starred in a British reality tv show called, “Too Ugly For Love?”, on TLC UK. Since, she has decided that while she may be too ugly for love, she isn’t too ugly for comedy.

With Jennifer Bires, LICSW 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. Upcoming groups: 

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 Jennifer Bires

Jennifer is a rising star in the psycho-oncology field. She has almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker, most recently at George Washington University in DC where she helped create the cancer support program. During her tenure at GWU she created a number of deep and impactful programs for families, young adults and patients and helped to ensure program success by defining and tracking outcomes. Jennifer received the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of The Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has intimate knowledge of the DC cancer survivorship landscape and deep appreciation for Smith Center’s unique art and healing approach to this important work.

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

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 11 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 $45 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, February 24th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks from 2:00-4:00pm. The final class is on Sunday, March 31st. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and to perform at the comedy showcase (Date TBD). Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or programs@smithcenter.org if you have any questions or concerns about this program.

 About Charity Sade

Charity is a 31-year-old stand-up comedian and writer.  She currently resides in Washington, D.C. and is living out her dream of being financially poor, but spiritually rich. Although she is a newbie to the comedy scene, she has performed at Stand-Up NY, Greenwich Comedy Club, and the D.C. Drafthouse Comedy Theater.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. She has since kicked breast cancer’s ass and often talks about her experiences during and after treatment in her writing and stand-up routines.

Her superpower is being able to make you laugh and cringe at the same time. Recently, she starred in a British reality tv show called, “Too Ugly For Love?”, on TLC UK. Since, she has decided that while she may be too ugly for love, she isn’t too ugly for comedy.

With Chef Kara Garrett

Join other young adult cancer survivors around the table to share a delicious meal and good conversation. We’ll make Brazilian tapioca crepes together and enjoy a Carnival-inspired meal.

Partners/Caregivers are welcome to attend. BYOB.

Menu items will include:

  • Demo & Participatory Dish: Sweet & Savory Tapioca Crepes
  • Grilled Squash & Pineapple
  • Salada de Palmitos
  • Vegan Feijoada
  • Sweet Potato, Avocado & Tuna Causa

Our quarterly supper club has a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 16 participants. Please RSVP no later than Sunday, February 17th to confirm attendance.

Partners/Caregivers are welcome to attend. BYOB. When registering, please indicate any guest(s) that will be joining you, and if you have any food restrictions or allergies. This meal will have vegan and gluten-free options.

*Note: Menu subject to changed based on attendee diet restrictions and/or product availability. This is not a hands-on cooking class. Meal will be prepped in advance and enjoyed around the table together; all recipes will be provided. If you are interested in preparing the dishes alongside Chef Kara, please contact us at programs@smithcenter.org and we will put you in touch with her for scheduling.

 About Chef Kara Garrett

Kara Garrett Cancer Support Program Coordinator

Kara is a health-supportive chef based in Washington, DC. Following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2013, she embraced the challenge of finding a balance between her foodie lifestyle and eating well with cancer. She has adopted a flexible diet plan that focuses on plant-based, sustainable whole foods, but does not restrict indulgences of things she loves. She is passionate about working with others to encourage healthier food choices that energize the body and the soul.

Kara graduated in August 2017 from the Chef Training Program at Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC and spent one month as the sous chef at The Ananda Ashram Yoga Society of New York in Monroe, NY. She is currently enrolled in the Developing Healthy Communities: Nutrition, Behavior, and Physical Activity graduate program at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

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