Laughter is the best medicine. For Dana Hardy, this couldn’t be more true.
Dana suffers from cardiomyopathy – heart muscle disease. Her struggle first began when she collapsed at a high school track practice. Since then, by using medicine to control the condition, she has been able to live a somewhat normal life – She received a Bachelor of Science degree in the Nursing program at Penn State, and lives in State College with her husband and two children – but in the past few years she has had two surgeries to install pacemaker/defibrillator devices, and she also suffered from a stroke, which temporarily left her paralyzed and unable to speak.
Dana needs a heart transplant. She is on the waiting list , but the estimated cost for the first year of her transplant is $787,700.
That’s where the laughter-as-a-lifesaver cliche comes in.
Today (Friday, Oct. 21) the State Theatre will host the Comedy Benefit Show for Dana Hardy featuring Comedian Mike Vecchione. Proceeds from the show will help Dana in her struggle to receive a heart transplant.
Vecchione, a Penn State graduate, has appeared on a variety of Comedy Central shows, including his own half-hour special. In 2010, he won the People’s Choice Award for the New York Comedy Festival, was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, was selected to perform at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The 18-and-over comedy show will take place at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets will cost $20 and can be purchased at the box office of the theater, located at 130 W. College Ave., in State College, or online. For more information about Dana, check out her website.