Seacrest Studio for Kids

Yesterday, TIB told you about the kind visit that Tim McGraw made to our friend, Kara, and the kids at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. (http://theinspiredblogger.com/thanks-tim-mcgraw/) I had never heard of a Kids’ Studio in a hospital before…what an great concept!! I had to find out more.

Ryan Seacrest, radio/television host, producer and of “American Idol” fame, opened the first studio in the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2010. The inspiration for this was born out of Seacrest’s many visits over the years to children’s hospitals, and the affect it had on him.

Seacrest states, “I have consistently been amazed by the courage of the children and their families and in awe of the tireless dedication and brilliance of the doctors and hospital staff. As a result of my experiences at these hospitals, I wanted to have a more lasting impact on children’s lives.

…Along with my parents and my sister, I created the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF), a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. Our foundation’s first initiative is to build broadcast media centers, named Seacrest Studios, in children’s hospitals across the country, allowing for patients to interact with a state-of-the-art radio/TV studio and meet some of the biggest stars in entertainment.

The aim of Seacrest Studios is to contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families during their stay (and visits) to the children’s hospitals.” (http://ryanseacrestfoundation.org/ryans-welcome/)

Since 2010, Seacrest has opened 6 more studios in Children’s Hospitals around the United States. Just last week in Denver, Children’s Hospital Colorado was the latest to debut their new studio. Seacrest, his family and country music group, Lady Antebellum, were there for the celebration. Take a look…

Thanks, Ryan Seacrest, for all you’re dong for the kids!

You, too, can get involved and help Ryan make a difference in a child’s life! Go to ryanseacrestfoundation.org for more details.

Video/Info: ryanseacrestfoundation.org

Thanks, Tim McGraw

Our sweet friend, Kara, is in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She had a liver transplant about 4 months ago. While she is progressing, it is still a long road to being home. Today a special person dropped by the hospital to brighten her day: country music megastar, Tim McGraw! Cincinnati is the latest stop in his Sundown Heaven Town Tour. He took time out this afternoon to chat with a couple of the kids in the Seacrest Studio, WKID33. Kara was one the interviewers…the cute one in the middle peeking around the microphone! Catch her speaking about the interview at 4:17 in the video.

Please keep Kara in your prayers!! We’re all anxious to have her back home soon. Any shout-outs or encouraging words for her can be left in the comments below. Her faith and determination are an inspiration!

Video: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital