For countless years, Aaron and I have been involved with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Miracle Weekend. We usually end up shooting family interviews at offsite locations in the weeks leading up to the big event – I go to Chilliwack and Aaron goes up to Prince George.
Last year was the first one in a long time we missed. Addison had just gotten home from the hospital. I could not sit through more than an hour of the telethon because I kept breaking out in fresh tears. Hearing the testimonials from parents and patients was so poignant and touching because we had just lived through our own incredible ordeal. At one point, Aaron finally told me to turn it off because I was not helping myself at all!
Though we have spent so much time at BCCH as journalists, it’s very different for us now. Of course we are there a lot on our own time for Addison’s medical appointments, but even when we go there for work, it’s such a familiar and comfortable environment. Earlier this week as I was getting ready to interview a doctor about childhood obesity, I ran into the ER doctor who admitted us the night Addison first got sick.
This Sunday, we will be back there again. This time, we are hosting Miracle Weekend with Addison. We will be sharing our story in the hopes it will encourage more people to donate. We have actually been working hard already! Several months ago Addison and I did an interview which has been put together in a beautiful vignette that will air during the telethon. And Aaron and Addison had fun shooting a cute promo that is running on Global BC right now.
See you this weekend!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison