It wasn't long after Jimmy's accident when our then News Director told us about The Broadcasters Foundation of America. This is an amazingly specific group that helps injured members of the media. This was something I knew I needed to look into because at that early stage of post-injury, I just wasn't sure how everything would shake out.
I filled out the application and then, a few weeks later, got a call they wanted to help us. This was such an immense relief because I had already decided that work wasn't something I just couldn't do yet. Not to mention all of the unforeseen cost that were coming with this injury - that wouldn't be covered. This phone call and gesture from this foundation helped me to worry a little less when that's all I did - all day, everyday, even in my sleep.
About every year or so, I fill out our grant renewal application and explain where we our in newish life and mainly, with Jimmy's injury. It's a challenge to find new ways of saying he still doesn't have any feeling or movement and still uses the ventilator. He's still in a wheelchair and he's still paralyzed. But, this year, I got to include the addition of our daughter, Spencer. It was shortly after we got an email from the foundation with a request for us to tell our story.
I had a wonderful talk with someone named David who was going to be editing the piece, I think. He seemed so moved by our circumstances. So genuine. He arranged for one of our former co-workers from WSPA to come shoot the piece which turned out to be a nice reunion. Jason was the photographer who worked on the first story we did with our news station after the accident. They actually used some of that original story in this piece.
Then I get an email from Deborah Norville. Inside Edition Deborah Norville! No big. We're now email BFFs, btw.
Deborah is on the board of this foundation, as well as George Stephanopoulos. Deborah would be putting our piece together, and then use that to make their case for garnering funds for the foundation. She was very kind and excited to help tell our story.
They did a really good job with this. I cried at us. Seeing it all spelled out like that again... whew. We're at the beginning and end. The story in the middle tugs 'atcha, too.
Oh, and we had nothing to do with this but Go Pats!
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