Ryan Seacrest Foundation Builds First Broadcast Media Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Throughout my 20-year career in the entertainment business, I’ve visited numerous hospitals and centers across the country that have the weighty task of caring for children facing challenges because of life-threatening disease or injury. I have consistently been amazed by the courage of the children and their families and in awe of the tireless dedication and brilliance of doctors and hospital staff who work to give hope and solutions to so many families on a daily basis. As a result of my experiences I wanted to have a more lasting impact on children’s lives, which in turn inspired me to recently create the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seriously ill and injured children through unique programs that utilize multimedia and interactive platforms to enlighten, entertain and educate.
RSF’s first initiative will be to build broadcast media centers within hospitals for children to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. RSF’s aim is to contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families during their stay by developing these centers to bring an uplifting spirit to the hospital community. We feel the access to multimedia experiences will bring patients exciting and stimulating adventures to encourage optimistic thoughts during treatment and for the future. It is also our intent to reach out to the community and involve students from local journalism schools, colleges and universities to provide them with the opportunity to gain first hand experience in broadcasting, programming and operating a multimedia center.
I felt it was appropriate for me to start my journey with RSF contributing within the broadcast arena, as it is where I was fortunate enough to begin my own career and path. The future vision for this RSF initiative will be to reproduce the broadcast media center model, initially at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in my hometown of Atlanta, GA – the first community in which I was actively involved and is dear to my heart – while then expanding to hospitals around the country.
I wanted to share with you the initial focus and mission of RSF as our hope will be that the broadcast media center at Egleston is just the beginning. Treatment facilities for children are always in need of enhancements and bringing our RSF platform to these care centers can only be accomplished with your thoughts, help and support. Ultimately our main goal is to help as many children as possible by diverting their attention away from personal medical problems and becoming apart of an exciting multimedia experience. In the coming year we will ask for your ideas as we move forward with new initiatives and would very much appreciate you becoming part of the