I'm not gonna lie. I'm exhausted - absolutely, totally and completely exhausted. It's been a crazy few weeks. I normally write my blogs well in advance, but not this one. It was written mere hours before being published.
Well, with all the excitement of Project Ladybug's Chicago launch, the typical Christmas activities - parties, cookie exchanges and shopping - and all the other normal day-to-day responsibilities, I've been going nonstop. It's been fun and seeing my dream materialize is intoxicating, but I've been running on pure adrenaline for the last few days.
As you know, Wednesday night was Project Ladybug's launch at Comer Children's Hospital at The University of Chicago. It was a nice intimate event with family, friends, Atia's medical team, various hospital personnel, the press and Alderman Hairston. The program was comprised of four speakers: a doctor, Dina, a social worker and me. We then ran a video showing Atia's journey. Click Here to see it.
After that, a group of us went out to dinner. We had a great time laughing and planning our April 7th fundraiser. It was fun hearing silly stories about Dina's cat Grandma Wrinkles and all her other pets. Dina's got a huge heart!!
The next day, Atia and Dina were on WGN-TV talking about Project Ladybug. It was a 4 ½ minute segment, which in TVland is long. We weren't sure if Atia would make it through the entire thing- 3 year olds are a bit unpredictable. Atia quickly realized that she could see herself in the monitor and began experimenting with funny faces.
Below is some behind the scenes footage of the interview. My apologies for the quality of the recording; I didn't have my tripod with me, so it's pretty shaky.
If you watch closely, you'll see a couple of things that made me smile:
- Atia raising her hand when Allison (the news anchor) explains that Project Ladybug helps kids with cancer. Atia's identifying herself as one of those children.
- The TV monitor at the bottom of the screen.
- Atia smiling when she realizes she can see herself in the TV monitor
- Atia holding up 3 fingers when she hears Dina talking about her daughter, Lexi's age. Atia is identifying that she's 3 years old.
- Atia waving hello to the camera.
- Atia dancing around the table.
- Atia blowing kisses.
Click Here to watch the interview as it aired on WGN-TV.
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