No matter where you live, chances are you must have heard - at one time or another - a radiothon to help raise funds for a local children's charity, hospital or healthcare facility. Today, it is the turn of the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Montreal is very fortunate to have not one, but two world-class stand-alone hospitals for children: CHU Sainte-Justine and the Montreal Children's Hospital. Both are excellent facilities that have saved thousands of children's lives and have helped families of those whose children cannot be saved.
So, why am I blogging about this here? Because as a writer, I play a small role in this radiothon. I was hired last year and again this year to help coordinate the appointments with the parents and to interview them to get an idea of what the MCH has meant to them. You see, when the radio hosts speak to the parents and/or child, they need to have a script of some sort, something that tells them why these people are sitting in front of them and a guide of what to ask them.
Some of the stories people will hear are heart breaking. Not all children survive their illnesses. Some are very frightening, no 5-week-old should be diagnosed with cancer. And some are inspiring, as parents and children relate their fight against illness and their successes.
If you would like to listen, the radiothon can be heard on the Montreal Astral Media radio stations, CJAD, CHOM-FM, and Virgin Radio. I would recommend listening to CJAD's feed because that is a talk radio station and they will be featuring more stories than the two FM music stations.
I'm honoured that my skills have allowed me to work on this project. I am such a lucky, lucky person.