Presented by 

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underwritten by

Emmanuel Hospice Lowell Fund of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Being emotionally healthy has never been more important as it is today. One year into a global pandemic, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ Melissa Budzynski will sit down with members of our community navigating life’s tough stuff. Our conversation will center around the impact of the pandemic on our panelists and how it has compounded their journeys in cancer, grief, addiction and anxiety, and speak to strategies for all of us to navigate these tough times.

Moderator:

Melissa Budzynski, Program Staff, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

Panelists:

Aaron Sorrels

Now known as The Unemployed Alcoholic, Aaron started performing comedy at the LaughFest First-timers showcase in 2018 while pursuing recovery from alcoholism and simultaneously facing an extended period of unemployment. He finds purpose and wellbeing when sharing both the funnier points of his story and the lessons learned along the way.

 

 

 

 

Margot Mitchell

Margo is a passionate improv comedian, self-care fanatic and young professional. She’s recently been diagnosed with a unique form of Brain Cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma and is figuring out how to cope with this diagnosis at her age and in the middle of a pandemic.

 

 

 

 

Kyle Fisher

Kyle has worked within the high anxiety world of beverage for the past 12+ years, from barback to cider education specialist. If there’s a job relating to beer, wine, or cider, he has probably done it. He is currently employed as an account manager at Imperial Beverage, where he’s worked the past 2 years.

Kyle has dealt with high anxiety and depression since an early age, having to understand, evolve from, and work through generational trauma of his family history as well as any of the curveballs that life may have thrown his way.

 

Wendy Cross