Three years ago, Cinderella Cares was created not by choice but circumstances.
In 2011, Cinderella Salmon, a loving mother and woman, lost her battle with lung cancer. Her unfortunate death provoked her daughter, Sonia Salmon-Gayle to form a lung cancer awareness and advocacy organization called Cinderella Cares. Armed with very little information, Salmon-Gayle and her brothers, Ian Salmon & Eglon Daley, vowed to help others avoid the experience of this devastating disease. Through Cinderella Cares, their mission is promoting lung cancer awareness and providing financial support to institutions that help individuals and their families.
In a recent interview with me, Salmon-Gayle reveals some uncomfortable truths about lung cancer.
"Lung cancer is the second largest killer among all diseases!...and the least funded.”
Salmon-Gayle also shed light on the symptoms including a chronic dry cough, extreme exhaustion and hoarseness. She notes that most of the symptoms don’t occur until the latter stages of the disease.
Looking for ways to raise money, Salmon-Gayle created an annual fundraising event. For the past three years, the wildly successful event - Comedy for a Cure has helped raised funds and awareness. This year the event will be held at Fire Station 1 in Silver Spring, Maryland on April 26th. The night will be filled with talented comedians Tony Woods, Andy Evans and Wes Martin. It will be hosted by comedian and event manager, Ian Salmon. There will also be music by the group Thaylobleu and a delicious meal.
For more information on how to purchase tickets or donate, visit www.cinderellacares.com
Written by marketing and public relations expert, Kennan Cooley