Vanessa Bayer’s Leukemia Battle Confirmed Her the ‘Therapeutic Energy of Comedy’

Vanessa Bayer’s Leukemia Battle Showed Her the ‘Healing Power of Comedy'
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Vanessa Bayer was the visitor of honor at Gilda’s Membership NYC’s 24th Annual Profit Gala on November 7, and for good purpose. After battling leukemia in her teen years, the Saturday Evening Dwell alum has used her platform to lift consciousness of blood most cancers and bone marrow donations. And on the occasion on Thursday, she completely informed Us Weekly how her childhood sickness led to her profession in comedy.

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“I believe it simply put quite a lot of issues in perspective for me and made me understand the therapeutic energy of comedy,” Bayer, 37, mentioned on the gala, which was hosted at The Pierre Resort in New York Metropolis. “I wasn’t planning on [getting into comedy] once I was sick, however I believe, on reflection, that’s why I did it.”

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The Ibiza actress additionally praised Gilda’s Membership NYC, which was based in reminiscence of SNL legend Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian most cancers in 1989. “I’m simply so comfortable to be right here,” Bayer mentioned. “It’s an honor to be right here with this group that does nice work to help folks whereas they’re going by most cancers and their households and the whole lot. And simply to be related to Gilda Radner in any approach is particular. So it’s an honor.”

Bayer, whose sickness impressed her kids’s e-book How Do You Look after a Very Sick Bear, beforehand mentioned the connection between her most cancers and her comedy in a December 2018 HuffPost interview. “After I was 15 I used to be recognized with ALL ― acute lymphoblastic leukemia ― and so I used to be handled for about two-and-a-half years,” she mentioned on the time. “It was clearly a troublesome factor to undergo. I do suppose surviving one thing like that positively affected my humorousness and made me need to go into comedy as a result of my household, my mates and I all laughed about it lots.”

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“There have been simply so many humorous and fascinating and awkward moments once I was sick,” she added. “I believe that form of getting by that made me have the ability to see humorous issues in all conditions.”

With reporting by Lexi Ciccone

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