AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“This is just another example of women leaders in this community stepping up and making a difference,” said Harren. Following dinner, Judith Opdahl, Wellness Community executive director/CEO and a cancer survivor, welcomed guests to the first of a two-night fundraiser, complete with dinner, silent- and live-auctions and a great lineup of comics. In April, The Wellness Community South Bay Cities, located on the Redondo Beach pier, celebrated 20 years of offering free support groups and services. Rebecca Weintraub, a TWC board member who is approaching her fifth anniversary of a battle with an aggressive breast cancer, served as auctioneer for the live auction. She humored members of the crowd into opening their wallets. When there was a bidding war for Ramona “Sky Chick” Cox’s aerial plane ride for five passengers to Catalina (it went for $1,500), Cox offered two trips, netting $3,000 for the TWC. And in an impressive act of generosity (and passionate pleading by Weintraub), 40 women each bid $100 for identical pink wristwatches with breast cancer insignias on the bracelet. It might seem politically incorrect to laugh in the face of cancer. But try telling this to Tuesday’s jam-packed audience of women on a mission during “Girls Night Out,” a benefit for The Wellness Community South Bay Cities at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Cancer struck a personal chord with most of the guests, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The tears, however, were from laughing, not crying. Wearing pink “Girls Night Out” caps, the crowd grew increasingly jovial throughout the evening as women sipped drinks and bid in a silent auction. One huge table held 20 nurse leaders from Little Company of Mary Hospital, along with Kathy Harren, the hospital’s chief nursing officer. During the evening, Weintraub shared insights from her own cancer ordeal. “I realized that nobody knows how many years they have on the planet and nobody knows how they are going to die,” she said. “But if we worry about that, we will give up what we have for sure, and that is today.” She said her most difficult task was to tell colleagues and loved ones about her diagnosis, causing them to “get this (sad) cancer face.” But once she joined the Wellness Community’s Tuesday morning support group, she no longer had to “ruin anyone’s day,” she said. “When I was weak, they were strong. When I was scared, they were courageous. When I was sad, they made me laugh. When I thought I had nothing left with which to fight, they picked me up and fought for me.” Weintraub said it takes $16,800 to run a support group for a year, a priceless service, free to all cancer patients. “If you have friends or loved ones going through cancer, then drive them – drag them – to the Wellness Community,” she said. “I cannot imagine anyone having to fight this battle without the Wellness Community.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!