In my almost 20 years working on the radio, from CHPQ in 1995 through the changes at CKCI and then to the Beach 88.5 FM and on to the Lounge 99.9, I have been witness to and helped with many worthwhile fundraising initiatives which Oceanside residents responded to with great generosity.
In May, I was diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow. I was barely able to walk across the room without two canes or a four wheel walker. Doing the morning show on the Lounge 99.9 was impossible, forcing me on to short-term disability.
When word spread of my illness, suddenly I found myself on the receiving end of the incredible Oceanside generosity. People began making donations towards my medical expenses. The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce began a 75-25 draw, and the Old School House collected donations at two of their Tuesday afternoon Jazz sessions.
I work at a job where I get paid to talk. The outpouring of support, from prayer to monetary, along with the words of encouragement leave me overwhelmed and speechless. Appreciation overflows. I am strengthened and empowered. Thanks to the medical treatment at the Royal Jubilee in Victoria as well as NRGH in Nanaimo, I am once again mobile and feeling better everyday. So much so, that this past Tuesday I was able to return to the Lounge morning show at 99.9. I feel the love in so many ways. Know that it is appreciated. Thank-you.
Patrick Nicholson, Morning
Show Host, The Lounge 99.9