Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'll Stand by You Write Step Interview


I'm delighted to announce that I've been invited to join R. Jeffreys of The Write Step radio show to co-host an interview with Founder and Director of Global Medical Relief Fund for children,outstanding humanitarian and now author, Elissa Montanti.  Montanti will be joined by multi-published writer and Psychology Today columnist Jennifer Haupt, who worked in collaboration with Montanti in writing I'll Stand by You (to be released August 2, 2012) about Montanti ’s personal experiences in aiding children who are missing or have lost the use of limbs or eyes, who have been severely burned, or have been injured through war, natural disaster or illness throughout the world.

Montanti, who People Magazine dubbed as "the saint of Staten Island," is changing the world one child at a time. Fourteen years ago, she was a lab technician in Staten Island. She had, in the span of only a few years, lost her beloved mother, grandmother, and high school sweetheart. Hoping to find a way past her own troubles and the depression and panic attacks that quietly crippled her, she decided to raise money for school supplies for the children of war-torn Bosnia. But at a meeting with the UN ambassador she learned that those children didn’t need pencils. He showed her a photo of a boy who had lost both arms and one leg to a land mine; these children needed a lot more.

She went to Bosnia, brought the boy and his mother back to Staten Island, and arranged for free prosthetics and medical care. The Global Medical Relief Fund was born.

She founded the non-profit, non-partisan Global Medical Relief Fund. A 501c3 organization, GMRF is supported entirely by private donations and grants. Since 1997, GMRF has brought more than 150 children to the U.S, from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia for treatment, surgery and prosthetic limb and eye fittings. The countries include Bosnia, China, El Salvador, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, the Congo, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and Libya .The injured children come from countries or regions that can offer only minimal medical care, poorly fitted prostheses, or none at all.

Elissa Montanti and her story of unconditional love and charity to grievously injured children throughout the world has been widely featured in every media outlet. She has also received numerous awards and honorariums for her outstanding humanitarian work.

For more information, and for a list of Montanti's awards and media credits, please see The Write Step show page, which is the post from which much of this copy was borrowed.

The Show
airs 07/25/2012 at 6:30 pm EST/5:30 pm CST/3:30 pm PST at:

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