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Help for the greatest American heroes. John Tesh, Connie Sellecca and Gib Gerard, the hosts of the popular nationally-syndicated radio shows Intelligence for Your Life and Intelligence for Your Health, will broadcast a live 6-hour Facebook fundraiser to benefit the nation’s healthcare workers. The event will this Friday (4/17) from 3pm-9pm ET. The aim is to raise money via a GoFundme page, with 100% of the proceeds being used to assemble care packages that will be distributed to healthcare providers working on the front lines in hospitals across the country to fight the coronavirus.
Besides co-hosting the radio shows, Sellecca (who is married to Tesh and is Gerard’s mom) is well remembered for her co-starring role in the 1981-83 series The Greatest American Hero. Talking about Friday’s fundraiser, she says “We polled a number of hospitals to find out what these doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals need the most, and at the top of everyone’s list are food delivery gift cards for them and their families, as well as items like protein bars, lip balm and soothing lavender hand lotion. They are also in need of iPads/tablets, so patients can communicate with their loved-ones and communicate with nurses without having to contaminate the nurse’s PPE…John, Gib and I are so grateful to each and every one of them; we wanted to do something to help.”
The live Facebook event will also be simulcast and promoted by many of the 300 radio stations that broadcast the Intelligence for Your Life radio show. The event will be produced by D. Scott Meyers.
Each hour of the program will feature interviews with hospital personnel and up-close-and-personal stories from the frontlines with the healthcare workers themselves. Throughout the broadcast, the hosts will also share the latest pandemic coping tips from the Intelligence for Your Life/Intelligence for Your Health radio programs.
The multi-faceted Tesh, known for hosting Entertainment Tonight for several years, is a 6-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, Grammy-nominated composer and concert pianist. He’s been married to Sellecca for almost 30 years. He’s also the author of Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit, and Faith, a new memoir about his life which – in addition to television, radio and music stardom – has included an abusive childhood, homelessness and two bouts with terminal cancer. He attributes his overcoming of those difficult challenges and his ongoing success to his strong faith and the self-less love of Sellecca, his wife of almost 30 years.
Tesh notes that his battles with cancer have helped motivate him to want to assist those medical workers on the COVID-19 frontlines, asserting that “Having spent three years in and out of hospitals during my treatment for cancer several years ago, Connie and I can both tell you that these healthcare workers are tireless in their compassion and relentless pursuit of healing. They are warriors and we are grateful to have this opportunity to honor them.”
For more information on the event, please visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnTesh/
To donate to the fundraiser, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/health-care-worker-relief-fund