It’s the People

The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon will celebrate its 43rd year in 2018. That’s right – FORTY-THREE years!
The success of the telethon has always been the people, all with extraordinary abilities. The ability to plan, to work together, to make us laugh or cry, sing, dance, or play an instrument. The people, who, year after year, have made donations of time, donations from pennies to thousands of dollars. The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon has always been about the outstanding teams of researchers and doctors who fight for a cure each and every day.
Jim Lovel, Jr. a former NASA astronaut, the commander of Apollo 13 mission has said,”There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, we have to be people who make things happen.” The people of the telethon make things happen; managing the phones, setting the stage, getting talent, preparing snacks, writing scripts, providing video and audio, and a myriad of other tasks. These doers see problems as challenges they can overcome.
The goal of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is to raise money for research that may lead to a cure. The people of the Eagles Telethon share their talents so that the people watching donate to the cause. Sharing involves a reciprocal giving. Research is full of benefits of giving. In his book Why Good Things Happen to Good People, Stephen Post, a professor of preventative medicine at Stony Brook University, writes that giving to others has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illness, including HIV and multiple sclerosis. And Sonja Lyubomirsky, a happiness researcher at the University of California, Riverside, argues that giving can become contagious, moving from the personal to one’s community. “Being kind and generous leads you to perceive others more positively and more charitably,” she writes in The How of Happiness, and this “fosters a heightened sense of interdependence and cooperation in your social community.”
Join in the fun and excitement of the 41st Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon on January 30, 2016.  Watch your friends, neighbors, and people of the community sharing their unique abilities, Help to make this the best telethon, so far.