95.5 PLJ’s Todd & Jayde In the Morning co-host Jayde Donovan’s “Apple-A-Day” program benefits pediatric cancer patients by honoring the memory of her friend Brittany, who passed away from bone cancer five years ago. Every weekday in the month of May, Donovan will surprise another pediatric cancer patient with their very own iPad. The program motto is: “Helping Kids Stay Connected While Fighting Cancer and it provides pediatric cancer patients (ages 2-17) with devices (tablets, smart phones) so that they may experience simple joys such as listening to music, FaceTime, taking pictures, and watching movies, enabling them to stay in contact with family, friends, and the outside world.
Donovan launched the program on what would have been Brittany’s birthday, April 22, 2011. Since that time, she and her team of volunteers have surprised over 200 pediatric cancer patients with new iPads.
Listeners will get to hear the stories of patients battling pediatric cancer and how much they will benefit from receiving their gift. The culmination will be the giving of iPads to 20 brave kids from the tri-state area at the “iPad Party” hosted by New York’s 95.5 PLJ. The iPad recipients will get to bring their families along for a day of fun at the radio station in June.
“I’ve seen how this one small gesture can change a child’s outlook in such a positive way. This technology offers them a bridge into the world they are not currently able to be a part of. My program is not going to change the world, but it can change that child’s world,” said Donovan.
To make a donation to APPLE-A-DAY, please visit www.appleadayprogram.org
Photo: APPLE-A-DAY founder, Jayde Donovan, with 2015 iPad recipients after receiving their iPads at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square.