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Mikey Wizdom needs your help [PSA]

Ottawa, ON – I am writing today to let you know of a special fundraising initiative that is being done on behalf of Michael Assivero (Mikey Wizdom), a well-known member of our hip-hop community.

Mikey has been battling a rare and potentially life-threatening illness, Rhabdomyolisis, for over 7 years now. It has now come to a point that our doctors in Ontario have no further course of action to help cure him. He is scheduled to be seen by specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

News: Mikey Wizdom needs your help

Michael has been seen by many doctors in Ottawa and as far as Barrie and London, ON regarding this issue. After fighting (and thankfully winning the fight) with colon cancer in 2009, he noticed that his ability to battle back from an episode of rhabdomyolisis was decreasing and the pain was no longer going away in between hospital visits.

In September of 2010 he was hospitalized for 9 days. During this episode his creatine kinase (CK) levels reached 88,000 (the highest it has ever been – normal level for a male is under 400), and since then he has not fully recovered. The various specialists he has seen to this point have reached the end of their collective knowledge base and have taken to “treating” the episodes by admitting him to hospital, flushing his system with IV fluids, giving him painkillers and waiting for the CK levels to drop to a non life-threatening level rather than looking for an overall cause and /or solution. Meanwhile, Michael is still in pain and continues to deal with the deteriorating effects of the disease.

Mikey is currently off work and unable to go to the studio to do his radio program. He was recently admitted to emergency with complications surrounding bleeding behind his eyes. They could not directly relate this issue to his Rhabdomyolysis, but continued complications lead us to believe that the visit to the Mayo Clinic is no longer a luxury but is now an urgent necessity. This is not cheap!

We need to help raise $17,000.00 for his initial visit for testing and hopefully some diagnostics.

A Committee “Friends of Wizdom” has been formed to coordinate some of the fund-raising activities on Michael’s behalf. All the funds raised will go directly to Mikey’s family to help pay for Mayo Clinic visit on March 7, 2011.

Should you wish to donate to Michael’s cause, but are unlikely to participate in any of the planned activities, you can still make a donation by cheque (payable to “CHUO fm” and clearly mark that it is for Mikey) and mail it directly to the Radio Station as follows:

Attn: Karen McHarg
Sales and Marketing Director
CHUO 89.1 FM
65 University Private, Suite 0038
Ottawa, ON K1N 9A5

Previous Fund-Raising Activities

Saturday, February 12, 2011

CHUO Fund-Raising Campaign

The first of these activities will be a fund-raising campaign hosted by CHUO, the University of Ottawa community radio station. Mikey Wizdom has been a volunteer at CHUO since 1997 as host and producer of Caribbean Flavour.

The station will run a 5 hour on-air fundraising campaign. It will run from Black on Black at 11am, through Rockers from noon till 2pm, Caribbean Flavour 2-4pm, Frequence Antillaise to end at 6pm . During this time we will appeal to our listeners for donations. During this time we will appeal to our listeners for donations.

There will be Drop Boxes at:

FADES International Hair Salon
597 Somerset St. W
Ottawa, ON K1R 5K1
Tel: 613-230-3233

GROOVY’S Roti Hut
292 McArthur Ave
Vanier ON K1L 6P2
Tel: 613-744-1551

Cheques made (payable to “CHUO fm” and clearly mark that it is for Mikey). Cheques may be dropped off or mailed directly to the Radio Station as follows:

Attn: Karen McHarg
Sales and Marketing Director
CHUO 89.1 FM
65 University Private, Suite 0038
Ottawa, ON K1N 9A5
CHUO

Upcomming Fund-Raising Activities

Saturday, February 19, 2011

CKCU 93.1 FM Fund-Raising Campaign

Junior Smith will host a fund-raising campaign on CKCU from 1:00 p.m. Details will be provided during CHUO’s fund-raising campaign


Friday, March 4, 2011

CARIVIBE . FRIENDS OF WIZDOM . EBONY & IVORY Present CARIVIBE UNITES FOR WIZDOM

All proceeds from this event will be given to Mikey’s family to help pay for his Mayo Clinic visit on March 7th, 2011. Doors open at 10 p.m and the event is going down inside Parliament (151 George Street, Ottawa).

For more information on Mikey’s condition go to http://www.carivibe.com.

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