Join What's Your Story? for a night of storytelling to benefit two eating disorder advocacy groups (NEDA and Project HEAL) during National Eating Disorder Awareness week at the Stress Factory Comedy Club on Tuesday, 2/26 from 7 pm to 10 pm! Special guest, legendary comedian Vinnie Brand and young storyteller, Highland Park Middle School’s, Andrew Dalton and author Kara Richardson Whitely .  Tickets ON SALE NOW!

Highland Park singer songwriter, DAVE HOWLAND will entertain us with stories using his acoustic guitar and great voice during intermission.

Kara Richardson Whitely will share her raw and inspiring story of her ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the top of the world -- and how to push beyond your own limits.

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Kara knew she could reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She had done it once before. That’s why, when she failed in a second attempt, it brought her so low. Struggling with food addiction/binge eating disorder and looking for ways to cope with feelings of abandonment, failure, and shame, Kara ballooned to over three hundred pounds. Deep in her personal gorge, Kara realized the only way out was up. She resolved to climb the mountain again—and this time, she would hike without waiting for her plus-sized status to disappear.  

Even if the porters and guides were betting against her. Kara's difficult trek speaks to everyone who has struggled with negative self-image.

About “What’s Your Story?”: “What’s Your Story?” is a storytelling initiative that resulted from a call to action from founder, Robyn Shumer. In her TEDx talk, Robyn reflected on her own personal experiences and recognized a simple truth: We can find truth and understanding through sharing our unique experiences and stories. Unfortunately, many of these stories go untold. “What’s Your Story?”is a storytelling initiative that challenges us to open up to others and generate lasting, meaningful, personal and social change. Our mission is to provide safe spaces for people to tell the stories that shape their lives. Proceeds from every event will go to non-profit organizations.