Laughter is the best medicine: Tracy Morgan comedy show will benefit Pediatric Cancer Center at SIUH

STATEN ISLAND, NY — 30 Rock star and SNL alum Tracy Morgan will host an entertaining evening of comedy and cocktails to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Center at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH).

The event will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at the St. George Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Star of “The Last OG” and two-time Emmy nominee, Morgan will perform a unique stand-up comedy routine for a fun night of laughs. As one of the industry’s most respected comics with an extensive background in television, movies and animated films, Morgan has headlined across the country and abroad on various tours and festivals with his stand-up comedy.

“This event demonstrates the true heart of philanthropy,” said Dr. Brahim Ardolic, executive director of SIUH. “We are deeply grateful for Tracy Morgan’s commitment to help ensure we have state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment. By doing something he is passionate about, his efforts will impact hundreds and hundreds of children on Staten Island.”

Morgan said his own accident and medical issues taught him the importance of helping health organizations and its providers. “Giving back to the community means I am helping others fight against illnesses,” he said.

Ardolic said he’s a big fan of Morgan.

“I am extremely excited to be participating in this event – ​​not just for the cause,” said Ardolic.

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The exteriors of Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze and Richmond University Medical Center are shown in an undated composite. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

In a borough where cancer is the second-leading cause of death, the 40,000 square-foot cancer center is meant to streamline services such as cancer screening and treatment all under one roof. Patients will be able to undergo various treatments for cancer such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

“I met a child who had cancer, and learned all about her story – it changed me forever,” said Morgan. “I’ll do whatever I can to support these types of programs.”

Dr. Eleny Romano-Sirakis, director of pediatric hematology-oncology, said: “We are building a center here to advance medical treatment with cutting-edge research and innovative clinical cancer trials for our patients. Our goal is that patients with cancer should never feel they have to leave Staten Island.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available that include VIP seating, participation in the welcome reception, and after-party access. For more information, contact Evelyn Fonseca at or 718-226-6331.

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