It had been months since my wife had truly laughed…

December 17, 2013


Dear Mr. Mason,

I hope you’re having a great holiday season thus far.

I wanted to send you a note of gratitude and also inquire about your December 13 show.

But first I should give you a little background so the gratitude has the appropriate depth. I apologize upfront for the length, I know time is precious. I’ll try my best to keep it short. I was diagnosed with brain cancer (gliomatosis cerebri) in March. It’s inoperable. I’m 44 and this was a big shock to all of us (wife and two teenage kids). My wife has already lost both of her parents to cancer in recent years, so it’s been especially difficult for her. Plus she has had to take on the very stressful role as caretaker for me. Because of the tumor’s location, I have some cognitive challenges at times, reduced motor ability on the left side, poor balance, among other things.

Now this is not meant to be all doom and gloom. Far from it. We’re Christians and also understand there is a reason for this and God will use this to His glory. Maybe someday He’ll even give me a heads up (pun intended) on what it is. Okay, I’ll let you do the comedy.

But it has been a difficult and heavy thing on the family for months. Now we get to the good part: where you come in. As a family, we watched the first Thou Shalt Laugh this past Friday. It took us awhile to figure out what to do for the evening and finally settled on that. The comedians before you kind of warmed us up, coaxing a few chuckles and glances around. But, omigosh, then you entered, and when you started doing ventriloquism with Romeo, we all, as a family, lost it. It had been months since Sheri (wife) had truly laughed. She couldn’t breathe, though I’m not really sure if that’s a good thing. We were all crying from laughter, and I was also crying from gratefulness. I’m not a comedian (I’m an IT manager, though my dream is to be an Amish IT manager—oh yeah, you’re supposed to be doing the comedy) but I enjoy making people laugh, or at least smile. Yet I haven’t been able to come close to making Sheri laugh like that this year.

Thank you.

This may sound over-dramatic, but I feel that the family coming together to watch your show was God-orchestrated. You were a tremendous blessing for a family who desperately needed your comedy.

Again, thank you.

We got on Facebook and blasted your name to our friends in socialmedialand. God has blessed you with tremendous talent, in multiple areas. You are amazing.

The cancer I have is rare, so we’ve been going to Texas Oncology at Baylor Medical in Dallas to see a nationally renowned brain tumor specialist. They also have a specific radiation machine that I needed. So we have not been to the Fort Worth office of Texas Oncology even though it’s closer. We live an hour away from Dallas, and about twenty minutes from Fort Worth. I looked at your upcoming schedule and was surprised to see you’d be in Fort Worth next week. Do you know if the show will be open to the public to buy tickets, or is it for Fort Worth Texas Oncology patients/employees only?

Thanks,

Frank Redman