Tree of Hope and Technology Moment new this year at the Heart and Cancer Telethon

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By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon will be held for the 41st year on Saturday, Jan. 30, starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until 1 a.m. on Jan 31. The telethon will be broadcast live from Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien and air on the local cable TV station, channel 6. Once again, the telethon will also be broadcast on the web via UStream. It can be viewed live on Jan. 30 by visiting and clicking on the UStream link.

When anything goes on for 41 years, it’s always a good thing to add new and exciting endeavors. New this year will be a Tree of Hope and a Technology Moment.

For the Tree of Hope, a board designed to resemble a tree will stand on set at the live telethon. Viewers will be encouraged to call in and request leaves be placed on the tree identifying people who are currently going through cancer and heart health problems. Of course, they’re encouraged to make a donation in honor of those individuals as well.

“Because research does work, that’s the idea this symbolism can create,” co-host Tom Nelson explained.

Furthermore, during the Technology Moment, a “cute video,” called “Looking Up My Back Door,” by Ms. Butt Meddler, will be featured.

“We plan to have everybody turn on their smartphones and, after a count down, everybody can hit the link to the YouTube video at the same time. Then we can all watch it together,” Nelson said. “It’s a neat way of focusing on the approach to prevention.”

For more information on the Heart and Cancer Telethon—which hit a lifetime benchmark of $750,000 raised for heart and cancer research in 2015—visit

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