September 30, 2010


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Maury Regional Women’s Center will host a free luncheon program titled Women Helping Women on Friday, October 22, at noon in the Auxiliary Conference Room at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC).

Dr. Terry L. Hendrickson, a Columbia optometrist, will be joined by Nashville area comedians Rik Roberts and Leslie Nash to present a program called “Humor and Healing.”

Nash is a professional comedian who established a monthly comedy program for guests of the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, which offers accommodations to cancer patients undergoing treatment. Hendrickson performs stand-up comedy as a hobby and is a regular performer with Nash at the Hope Lodge. Roberts is a professional comedian who has performed both stand-up and improvisational comedy. He currently teaches comedy classes and works as a corporate entertainer and motivational speaker at events throughout the United States.

Hendrickson said he, like the others, enjoys lifting the spirits of people through comedy. “I can easily say that stand-up is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever attempted,” said Hendrickson. “I think the key to healthy humor is not taking yourself too seriously.”

During the upcoming program, Hendrickson will discuss the positive effect which humor can have on those dealing with difficult situations and will share some of his own experiences in using humor to touch those diagnosed with cancer. All three comedians will perform portions of their stand-up routines for the luncheon guests.

The public is invited to attend this event. Lunch will be provided. Reservations must be made by calling 931.540.4166.


Women Helping Women is a free quarterly lunch and learn series that addresses health issues facing women today.