Out & About

BYAS: Food, fun and laughter toward a good cause

This departure from a focus on the arts takes a look at Comedy and Cooking, an annual fundraising event that benefits Joshua’s Wish, a local foundation that works to raise awareness of and money for research in the battle against pediatric brain cancer.

Cooking and Comedy began three years ago as a cooking class led by culinarian Chef Audrey. This year’s concept for the fundraiser evolved from a conversation between Macon resident and president of Joshua’s Wish, Labrina Solomon, and the chef, who mutually decided that they should also feature the Heavenly Queens of Comedy, a duo formed by chef and her equally hilarious stage partner, Jill Elliott.

Solomon describes Cooking and Comedy as “a fun way to pick up some cooking skills.” The event will consist of learning how to prepare a three-course meal, sampling the completed dishes, sharing of the recipes and winning door prizes, all while enjoying lots of laughter.

Joshua’s Wish was founded in 2010 in honor of Joshua Solomon, who succumbed to an inoperable brain tumor in 2009. In the five years since this small non-profit was formed, they have raised and donated almost $100,000 toward the research effort for finding a cure for the type of cancer that took Joshua’s life.

Labrina Solomon is understandably passionate about her goal to fulfill her son’s wish. When asked about the foundation’s name, she explained, “During Joshua’s battle with brain cancer, he would always pray for a cure for not only himself, but for all the other children around him who were battling similar diseases.

“Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor deaths of children under the age of 20. There have been advances in the research, but the mortality rate from pediatric brain tumors remains high. This battle is underfunded as compared to the amounts of dollars spent toward the fight against adult cancers, and children with Joshua’s type of brain cancer die within a year of diagnosis.”

Solomon added, “May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, and finding a cure is the main focus of Cooking and Comedy and all of our other outreach efforts throughout the year, as well as helping families who are battling pediatric brain cancer.”

Comedy and Cooking with the Heavenly Queens of Comedy takes place tomorrow afternoon at the Robinson Home Store. Call 478-361-3541 for more information and visit Joshua’s Wish at www.joshuaswish.org