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Speaker: Marla Lukofsky

Speaker NameThe Toronto Sun called her "the reigning queen of comedy in Canada." The Globe and Mail called her "suave and stylish". For the last thirty years, Marla Lukofsky has performed as a stand-up comedian in every major city in Canada and the United States.

As well, she represented Canada in the International Comedy Festival in Scotland and England. A veteran of television, Marla's credits include Evening at the Improv, Seeing Things, Doc and CBC's Midday with Valerie Pringle. As a writer and columnist, Marla worked on such shows as CBC radio's Basic Black with Arthur Black and The Vicki Gabereau Show.

Marla was also a proud member of Second City for one WHOLE month until they realized that she wasn't Andrea Martin and asked her to leave. On Saturday mornings, if you're up early enough, you can hear Marla's voice on The Care Bears cartoon series as Good Luck Bear.

In July of 1998, Marla was suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to her lymph nodes. She had a lumpectomy and lymph node removal, followed by an aggressive course of chemotherapy and daily radiation treatments. Marla completed her treatments in January of 1999. Since then she has written a memoir and a collection of short stories and poems describing her experiences. In them she talks about her cancer in an entertaining manner with honesty, frankness and humour. Marla is currently giving inspirational speaking engagements across the country in hopes that she may help others. "If I can touch even one person, and have them feel that they are not alone, then I have succeeded."

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I’M STILL HERE…AND SO IS MY HAIR

Life with Breast Cancer –  Marla’s presentation offers insight into the mind of someone going through one of life’s worst nightmares. She confronts her disease head-on, and approaches this tender subject with her unique brand of humour and sensitivity along with simple, tangible suggestions. Marla addresses the fact that many people do not know what to say or do when confronted with someone who has cancer. Relationships with family and friends may change—some for the better, some for the worse. Simply put, this inspiring talk is about a brave and funny woman facing huge fears and challenges in her own special way.