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Laughing through the pain over and over again

Laughing through the pain over and over again

Writer/comedian/actor Mack Dryden shares his inspiring and hilarious stories of surviving cancer, twice

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VISALIA – Tickets are on sale for Kaweah Delta’s 8th annual Pink Tea Party on Sunday, Oct. 20. The “Under the Sea” themed event will celebrate those in our community whose lives have been touched by cancer.

The tea’s keynote speaker is Mack Dryden, a writer/comedian/actor who not only overcame the sharks of showbiz but also an African prison and two different types of cancer. The funniest two-time cancer survivor in the country inspires and motivates with his hilarious stories of beating the Grim Reaper twice in his uniquely warm, family-friendly style. 

Mack Dryden
Writer, comedian, actor

In addition to sharing the inspiring and hilarious stories of both of his cancer journeys, Dryden is an expert on setting and achieving goals. He walks the walk, having grown up in a small town in Mississippi and worked his way up to performing in movies and dozens of TV shows, including The Tonight Show, The Guardian and JAG as well as writing on the staff of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. He was a super achiever before his show biz career began, having earned a black belt in karate and won two Associated Press writing awards as well as a prestigious fiction writing contest.

Mack created a guide he’s used to persevere in the face of overwhelming odds to attain his many difficult goals, and now travels the world sharing his secrets and practical goal-achieving tools with thousands of people to inspire and motivate them to reach higher than they ever thought possible in his keynote speeches. He gives them not only inspiration, but effective tools to lower stress, set goals, and pursue them relentlessly with renewed energy and focus.

Mack performs at dozens of survival celebrations each year and loves to see people forget their burdens and laugh until their faces hurt.

The event will also include entertainment, opportunity drawings, patient stories, a photo booth and a walk of life honoring those who have fought or have lost their battle with cancer. Lanterns for the walk can be purchased for $5 and proceeds from the sale will go to the Lost Girls Fund created by the Lost Girls Motorcycle Club. If a low-income woman is in need of a mammogram and cannot pay for it, the fund pays for the mammogram at the Kaweah Delta Breast Center.

The Pink Tea will be held at the Visalia Convention Center, located at 303 E. Acequia Ave. in Visalia. Doors open at noon with the event beginning at 1 p.m. Individual tickets are $30, while reserved tables of eight are $240 and can be purchased online at www.kaweahdelta.org/pinktea or by calling 624-2098. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.

Since 2011, Kaweah Delta’s Pink Tea Party has sold out every year and grown from 100 to nearly 800 attendees. This year, more than 800 people are expected to attend the event.

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