LOS ANGELES – With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, Ryan Seacrest, “The Most Powerful Man in Reality TV,” is giving back in a big way by helping kids who are enduring long hospital stays.
“Throughout my life I’ve visited numerous hospitals across the country that have the weighty task of caring for children facing life-threatening illness or injury,” said Ryan. “As a result of my experiences at these hospitals, I wanted to have a more lasting impact on children’s lives.”
Seacrest Studios, now located in six hospitals across the country, is a broadcast media center which allows sick children to experience a working radio and television studio and have a chance to “meet some of the biggest stars in entertainment” during what can sometimes be a grueling ordeal.
“As a family, it was important for us to find a way to give back together in a meaningful way,” said Seacrest’s sister Meredith, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center with her family on November 18.
Joined by singer/songwriter/actor Jason Derulo and singer/actor Drew Lachey, Ryan hosted the first live broadcast held at CCHM, where a young patient belted out a version of Mumford and Sons' “Timshel" as the studio’s debut performance.
“We accomplished a huge milestone opening our sixth Seacrest Studios in Cincinnati last week,” said Meredith, who acts as executive director and COO of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “We’ve come a long way since we began our journey in our hometown of Atlanta in 2010.”
Using his considerable influence, Ryan has been able to enlist A-list talent like Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and David Beckham to cheer young patients across the country.
“I have heard from many families that the studios are an uplifting distraction from the difficulties these children face on a daily basis, and I am so thrilled to see how positively they have been received by the hospital community,” said Ryan.
“Bringing the creative realms of radio, television and new media to patients in pediatric hospitals has given us so much pride,” added Meredith. “It’s not easy to put into words how much the foundation’s work has impacted our family.”
Best known for hosting “American Idol,” his syndicated morning show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Los Angeles’ KIIS FM, and – for better or worse – unleashing the Kardashians on an unsuspecting America with his smash reality hit, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Ryan is impressed by the children he meets during their difficult hospital stays.
“I have consistently been amazed by the courage of the children and their families and in awe of the tireless dedication and brilliance of the doctors and hospital staff,” Ryan explained. “My family’s goal is to continue to build these studios across the nation–and even one day the world–to reach as many children as possible.”
“Giving these kids an opportunity to forget their troubles and challenges, and have some fun while learning something too has been a rewarding experience for me, Ryan, and my parents,” added Meredith. “The smiles and joy these studios bring to patients and their families is such a gift to us all.”