The late, legendary comedian Robert Schimmel wrote an entire book about his battle with late-stage cancer and how comedy helped him beat the disease. And now, whether he knows it or not, Chicago resident Miles Austrevich has taken a page from Schimmel’s book. The 19-year old has been fighting brain cancer on and off since 2008, but thanks to efforts from his father, the teen has been able to laugh his way through treatment.
His dad is behind the Jokes 4 Miles campaign, which records jokes from folks all over the world to keep Miles laughing rather than dwelling on his illness. They’ve received over 200 jokes since the campaign’s launch on Jan. 1, including a personalized video from comedian Will Arnett. The goal is to reach 5,000 jokes.
So, comedians and other funny people: want to contribute some of your material to the cause? If you’re in Chicago, head over to Leona’s Restaurant on Feb. 10, between 5 and 11 pm to record a joke live. If you’re not local, send a joke on over via the Jokes 4 Miles website.