Jeneece Place, O'Brien family, and underwriting high risk sports
Jeneece Edroff was just three when she was diagnosed with a rare disease. She spent much of her young life in and out of hospital for treatment. Now, thanks to Jeneece's fundraising efforts, one penny at a time, families like hers will have a place to stay in Victoria. Jeneece Place is a 10-bedroom home away from home for families with kids receiving care in Victoria. We talk about the opening of the house with Jeneece Edroff and Ron Hewitt, president and CEO of the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children which will run Jeneece Place.
It's no secret we love playing music by Paul O'Brien. We've also played music he's written for his family. The O'Brien family was playing a fund raising concert with the Gettin Higher Choir in which Paul performed with his three children -- Millie, Cormack and Fintan. Paul's mother, Mary, had also flown in from Ireland to watch the family perform. They performed for us in the CBC Victoria studio.
Sarah Burke's legacy is still dominating the headlines and airwaves. The Canadian freestyle skier died after falling on the superpipe at an event in Utah last week. In the wake of her death there have been a lot of questions about who will cover the hospital bill. According to the Canadian Freestyle Skiing Association, Burke was not insured under their policy because she was participating in an unsanctioned event hosted by a sponsor. This incident highlights the challenges of getting insurance for pro athletes. Bill Bailey, a special projects manager for WL Edwards and Hudson Henderson insurance, explains the insurance costs for athletes in high risk sports.
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