Holding up the sky

This is a video that was shown at a regional Microsoft conference not too long ago in which we announced to the employees that we had identified the next ward of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to receive round two of the funds from Make Room for Kids and that was the adolescent medicine unit, which we completely outfitted earlier this year, you recall.

I put the video, which was produced by Luke Sossi of Microsoft, up on YouTube because the entire first half is really about Genre and Genre’s Kids with Cancer Fund, showing how he was the catalyst for Make Room for Kids, which is now an extension of Austin’s Playroom Project at the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

Of note:

  • My interview portion begins at 4:20. Be kind to me.
  • The Mario Lemieux Foundation’s interview portion begins at 7:58 and is immediately interrupted at 8:05 with a picture of me and Nancy Angus in which I am wearing a ski cap and a lanyard while holding an XBOX shirt, all of which I totally stole from Microsoft that day. Out of love. [fingerhearts]. Which is what I’ll tell Mario one day when he wonders why stuff is disappearing from the foundation offices. “I stole it. Out of love. [fingerhearts] [swishes cape and runs away in dramatic fashion].”

This video really illustrates how Genre was the genesis of it all and I hope you can take a minute to watch some portion of it.

The song playing often in the background is one of my absolute favorites and was one that Genre listened to and sang often during the scariest times of his ordeal.

Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling

Genre’s sky isn’t falling anymore, so he is working to hold the sky up for other kids now.

One last push to $2,000, friends.

Just your way of putting your hand up to help hold the sky.

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  1. astroidb612
    August 16, 2011 11:20 am

    i hope you have someone streaming hilarity to your work desk every day the same way you stream it to mine.

  2. astroidb612
    August 16, 2011 11:22 am

    not that this particular post was hilarious…but it reminded me that you should be thanked…

  3. gunnlino
    August 16, 2011 12:54 pm

    You’re a terrible person , you make my eyes get all watery and my throat get all chokey ! It makes it hard to see my keyboard . You make me realize just how fortunate my children and grandchildren are .
    May the rest of your days be filled with good fortune and sunshine .

  4. Leenyburgh
    August 16, 2011 2:02 pm

    MontaNEZ? I always thought it was MonTANez. Cool. Even cooler is the video.

  5. TripleC
    August 16, 2011 2:50 pm

    Leenyburgh – I’m with ya. Odds are she has no idea she’s pronouncing her name incorrectly.

  6. AngryMongo
    August 16, 2011 3:18 pm

    Leenyburgh, you put the wrong emPHAsis on the wrong sylLABle.

  7. Leenyburgh
    August 16, 2011 9:11 pm

    I love that joke, AngryMongo! Maybe VIRginia MONtanez can weigh in?

  8. Daunette
    August 16, 2011 11:53 pm

    I had never seen this, Ginny. Thank you…

  9. Katie
    August 17, 2011 12:43 am

    Love the video, even if it made me all teary. You’re amazing, Ginny. Thank you for all you do.