Arden recently won the opportunity to appear in a local 30 second TV spot for the JDRF and yesterday we went to film it at the ABC news studios in Philadelphia.
After she signed in and had her picture taken for security, we we’re taken to a waiting area just outside of the news studio. Arden briefly met the other kids that would be joining her in the commercial and then it was off to work.
The ad was centered around Andy Holder, an iron man athlete who also happens to have type I diabetes. Andy’s job is to look into the camera and remind everyone that the Walk to Cure Diabetes is fast approaching and ask them to get involved. At the end, Andy says a few nice words about the kids and then they pump their fists above their heads and say, “yea!”.
The kids were a bit nervous (see video clip) but the mood was broken after the first time that they said their line. They were so reserved and quiet that it was funny, the ensuing laughter loosened them up and then they were able to finish.
When we arrived home Arden watched the news and she was able to see the chair that she had just been sitting in 90 minutes earlier. She asked us, “is that happening right now?”. Realizing that she had just been in the chair that was live on TV may have been the most fun that she had in a day full of great experiences.
The ad should begin running on ABC in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware in October... I’ll be sure to let everyone know when you can catch it and I’ll also post it here when it’s available.
It’s walk time so no blog post would be complete without me reminding you that... you can walk with Arden to show your support for her and type I research or make a charitable contribution to the JDRF in Arden’s name all at this link.
Great thanks to those of you who have already made a donation or are planning on doing so! We greatly appreciate your support!
More thanks: To everyone at the JDRF that made this afternoon possible for Arden, the nice people at the ABC studios for their hospitality and Iron Andy for his continued support! The commercial was sponsored by Good Neighbor Pharmacy.
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