The news is all good here in Oceanside on Vancouver Island as long-time local radio man Patrick Nicholson returns to the airwaves after his bout with cancer
Although we have yet to talk with Patrick personally, the following letter appeared in today’s Parksville Qualicum Beach News in the ‘Letters’ section.
Thanks for the Generous Support
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 is is appreciated.
Morning Show Host
The Lounge 99.9