Since there were no in person events, I took to the airways to share my story and to talk about "Hope" on podcasts and radio shows.
Hosts Liz Brunner (Live Your Best Life) and Greg Chastain (The Cardinal Cafe) read my poems during my interviews. Dan Thibeault, podcast producer extraordinaire set them to music in the post-production phase.
He was inspired to send me an email, "“I think your poetry book would be great as an audio book version with each one read by a different person and music under them. Have you ever considered that?”
I meditated on the idea. I wasn't sure what Dan had in mind. I didn't know Dan well. With Tom being semi-retired and doing contract work, I didn't want to invest in a venture. Dan suggested we set up a Zoom meeting.
Voices of Hope is a small non-profit north of Boston
that raises funds for cancer research through live theater and musical
Since Voices of Hope Boston did not have their performances to generate funds during COVID, I was inspired to make this project a novel fund raiser for Voices of Hope if that were something Dan would be interested in. Dan made it clear to me from the outset that his intention was not to turn this project into a project that would generate income for him. He was absolutely thrilled to have me present the idea to Voices of Hope Boston's Board of Directors.
They were enamored with the idea.
Dan, Greg and I set out to get readers for the poems I selected from "Hope." I initially chose 50 poems but culled it to Forty Poems and came up with the title: "Read Out for a Cure-Hope is a Garden: Forty Poems From the Pandemic to Uplift and Inspire."
features readings by beloved local and national celebrities as well as members from the Voices of Hope Boston's own community.
Greg reached out to Sean Allan Krill, Tony nominated actor for Jagged Little Pill. He said that he would be delighted to participate as would his husband, critically acclaimed actor Harry Bouvy. They were one of the first readers to get us their Mp3 last September.
In November, Tom, Ruth Anne and I went with Voices of Hope to New York to support Sean and the reopening of Broadway. Greg presented Sean with a Voices of Hope jacket and Sean presented Greg with an autographed poster of Jagged Little Pill to use for the Virtual Gala of Hope's Silent Auction.
As everyone submitted their recordings, Dan worked feverishly behind the scenes to set the tracks to music. Dan and I worked as a team to track the tracks, reach out for substitute readers when readers had to graciously drop out of the production and, on February 22, we released the production.
Here is the link for a preview of Sean reading "Fear or Faith."
All proceeds from Read Out for a Cure will be donated by Voices of Hope Boston to the Henri and Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies.
In many ways, the Termeer Center represents a paradigm shift from
traditional clinical cancer research. For example, in traditional
clinical trials, experimental therapies are tested first in patients who
have not responded to standard treatments. However, with genotype-based
targeted therapies, clinical trials can begin at a much earlier stage
of the disease process, when the chances of observing benefits for the
patient are far greater. Additionally, since various forms of cancer
have been found to share common tumor mutations, researchers are
learning to apply targeted drugs across multiple tumor types. With this
personalized, genotype-based approach, the Termeer Center can rapidly
assign patients to the treatment that fits their cancer’s unique genetic
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