They say that laughter is the best medicine! So maybe that's why in March 2011 the Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids (a free cancer and grief support community of adults, children and families) started Laughfest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter. In fact the whole point is "to celebrate laughter for the health of it". The ten day festival, that takes place in Grand Rapids with events all throughout West Michigan in a variety of venues, features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and variety of seriously funny stuff. This laugh filled events has a variety of things to see and do for anyone from age 5 to 105. The purpose of the event is "to honor laughter as an essential part of emotional health and well-being." It's also a way to raise awareness and funds to help support Gilda's Club Grand Rapids in their efforts to encourage children, adults, friends, and families facing cancer.