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Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary Hosts Comedy Night To Support Brain Cancer Survivor: June 22

Fair Lawn native and comedian Eric Lyden
Eric Lyden and Joan Rivers
Comedian Eric Lyden

FAIR LAWN, NJ - Let's get Brandon a van.

That's what Deputy Mayor of Community Affairs John Cosgrove says when he hands-out his flyer announcing the June 22 comedy fundraiser.

Cosgrove, himself recovering from a February stroke, has not slowed his efforts to help those in need. This time, he is doing it with the support of the Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary. 

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"Brandon survived brain cancer and now he needs a van so he can get around, go places with his family," Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove was back at work about a month after his stroke and understands therapy and the work it takes to recover. Rather than complain, he seems always focused on helping someone else.

The Comedy Show Fundraiser, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., will be held at the Fair Lawn Community Center/George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation, 10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn, on Friday, June 22. Tickets are $20.

Fair Lawn's own Eric Lyden will be performing the one-hour comedy show.  He has been a professional comedian for more than 20 years, appeared on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and Gotham Comedy Live. He will be performing on an upcoming one-hour special on Netflix, as well.

Brandon Higgins was born and raised in Fair Lawn and is a 23-year survivor of brain cancer. His victorious fight, though, has left him without the ability to eat, stand or even speak. Naturally, there is an exorbitant cost involved in getting around the same streets of Fair Lawn where Brandon once walked, ran and rode his bike as a child.

100% of the sales from both comedy shows will go towards the purchase of a specialized medical van for Brandon and his family.

For ticket sales online, visit

or call 1-800-838-3006 .


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