The Storytelling show highlights stories like you’ve never heard before, as told by PCC staff and partners. Few shows elicit as much confidence in our humanity and leave audiences feeling good about the community we live in as this annual entertainment event.
The stories told on stage are sometimes funny, often irreverent, a lot heartfelt, and completely unique.
In last year’s show, Stephanie Narayanan, PCC’s Director of Development and External Relations, recalled what it was like a decade ago when she received the news that her mother had just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
“I didn’t need my public health degree to know that was some seriously bad news. I mean, I’d seen Wit. Emma Thompson was amazing, and they left no room for a sequel. I would have bet money that my mom’s journey would be similar – albeit less cinematic,” said Narayanan. Fortunately, her mother survived.
“All these years later, my mom's not here because of one hero doctor. She has some combination of treatment advances and private insurance and wildly good luck to thank for that. There were all these systems of diagnosis and referral that weren’t just capable of working for her, but they actually did.”
“Now I'm a fundraising professional for an organization that's much more about stitching together the strongest possible safety net than it is about those individual doctor visits, and I spend my days explaining why this matters so much. And I don't tell it very often, but my mom’s is usually the story in my head,” said Narayanan.
In prior years, Sarah Frazell, PCC’s Director of Behavioral Health Programs, talked about her struggle to keep a patient’s gift of an orchid alive. Alma Aviles, the Client Services Supervisor, described the life-changing moment when kindness and a smile from a nurse made all the difference in her recovery from childbirth complications. Marisol Ortiz, PCC’s Director of Client Services, told the story of her own journey as a first-time mother and the satisfaction she felt when she could help others when she started working for Care for Kids, a program similar to the one that initially helped her.
Mark your calendar for the best feel-good event of the year. Tickets will go on sale soon, and the proceeds support an excellent cause: better health care for our neighbors most in need.