If laughter is truly the best medicine, then Jill-Michele Meleán is the Surgeon General. Her hilarious body of stand-up and improvisational work has taken her from club stages to television screens (including MADtv and RENO 911!), and today she joined Adrian Paul and Ethan Dettenmaier in the LA Talk Radio studio to discuss her involvement with various charities and causes including Neglected Tropical Diseases and Step Up Women’s Network.
Jilly shared her experiences with a loved one suffering from today’s focus topic, Tourette Syndrome, spoke candidly about the healing power of laughter in her own life, and talked about the ways in which social media are making comedy more powerful and personal than ever before. She’s as insightful and as funny as she’s beautiful and sweet, and I really enjoyed “meeting” her.
(As always, I’m calling in from Indiana while Adrian and Ethan are hanging out with all of the lovely and talented women in the studio.)
And then Adrian handed it over to me for the Hero of the Week segment, and I still can’t believe I get to share these kids’ stories every week. This one was really unique. In 2011, 11-year-olds Katrine Kirsebom and Corinne Hindes began rescuing stacks upon stacks of coats, boots, gloves, and hats from “lost and found” bins at ski lodges to distribute more than 5,000 items and counting of cold weather clothing to the homeless via their Warm Winters project, which you can also find on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re an individual or a ski lodge who’d like to join their expanding network, you’ll find all the information you’ll need to get involved at those links.
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On this week’s episode, Peace Fund founder Adrian Paul and co-host Ethan Dettenmaier talk about the challenges facing children born with hearing loss and the steps parents should take to protect their kids’ ears from noisy toys and electronics. They also share what organizations such as The Starkey Hearing Foundation and The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss are doing to help.
And then I pop in to tell the story of our Hero of the Week, Anthony Smith, who became a Marvel superhero at age 4 and later got his own suit of Iron Man armor by bolstering awareness and therefore acceptance for other children with hearing issues by inspiring Marvel to create an educational campaign that’s made its way into hundreds of medical offices across the United States!
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Fiona Swarbick joins Adrian Paul and Ethan Dettenmaier in the LA Talk Radio studios for part two of our talk about the importance and rewards of volunteering and how we can inspire our children to become volunteers, too.
And in our Hero of the Week segment, I fondly remember someone who might not have been a kid but was certainly a kid at heart. Robin Williams brought us much laughter and joy in his film, television, and stage performances and also by entertaining 90,000 soldiers in 13 countries with the USO, building lasting and inspiring friendships with ill children via organizations such as Make a Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and raising funds and awareness for various causes affecting children and the homeless.
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