Comedy 4 Cancer gets ready to ‘Rumble’

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 10, 2020

 All of the proceeds from the Comedy 4 Cancer Rumble will go to benefit the family of 12-year-old Jonny Hendricks, of Holly, who is fighting leukemia for a third time.

All of the proceeds from the Comedy 4 Cancer Rumble will go to benefit the family of 12-year-old Jonny Hendricks, of Holly, who is fighting leukemia for a third time.

Photo provided by JD Marshall

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WARREN — A group of 30 comedians will battle it out before a live audience and a panel of judges Jan. 25, where laughs will help determine the winner during the Comedy 4 Cancer Rumble fundraiser.

All of the proceeds will go to benefit the family of 12-year-old Jonny Hendricks, of Holly, who is fighting leukemia for a third time.

He isn’t in the fight alone.

“I’d like to do the best we can for him. To see these qualities in a child like that, who can face a battle for the third time and still want to help others, it always amazes me,” said JD Marshall, of Warren.

Marshall founded the A Mission of Love charity in 2015 after the death of his daughter, Stephaine, and has since hosted a series of “Comedy 4 Cancer” fundraisers in her honor.

He said he met Hendricks through Noah Gochanour, 12, of Sterling Heights, who passed away in July after a long and brave battle with metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma.

Some might recognize Jonny through the work he’s done to support various charities. His mom, Samantha Hendricks, said he’s the Children’s Miracle Network ambassador for Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and that he does a lot of speaking in that capacity to raise awareness and help children battling illnesses.

“Jonny was diagnosed when he was 6. He’s been going through treatment for six years now. He’s carried me through it all,” Samantha Hendricks said. “Just his attitude — he’s upbeat, being an advocate for the kids that are in the hospital and everything. Kids tend to see their illnesses differently than adults do. They don’t dwell on the bad stuff. They still want to be a kid and enjoy every bit of it.”

It goes without saying that the emotional and financial burdens placed on the families of children fighting leukemia and other serious health conditions are extreme. Just getting to needed treatments multiple times a week for weeks at a time is costly.  

“He’s an amazing young man. I want to do something really good for the family,” Marshall added. “If we can take financial stress off them, realistically that’s all we can do. Everything else is in the hands of God and doctors.”

The Comedy 4 Cancer Rumble will be an evening of music and comedy at the Hot Rock Sports Bar & Music Cafe, located at 24300 Hoover Road in Warren.  Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 with a 7 p.m. showtime.

After the comedy rumble is complete, there will be live rock music featuring the band City 10.  There will also be a 50/50 raffle and gift basket raffles. All of the proceeds for the evening will go to benefit Jonny Hendricks and his family.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 cash at the door. Various packages are also available.  Tickets can be purchased at comedy4can cer.com.

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