Kenny Chesney’s Visit To Boston Medical Center To Finally Air on CBS
CBS executives held the segment so they could air it during sweeps.
Kenny Chesney visited Boston Medical Center (BMC) in August and while executives at ABC apparently didn’t mind having him on during the summer (he made an appearance on Good Morning America), CBS execs wanted to wait until sweeps. Chesney’s visit will be highlighted in the Nov. 3rd edition of CBS “Sunday Morning” at 9 a.m. Chesney performed two sold-out concerts at Gillette Stadium in August and then made a pitstop at BMC to visit with former patients who suffered severe injuries from the Boston Marathon bombings and the doctors, nurses, and support staff who treated them.
The piece was deemed “too strong to waste” according to press reps for CBS and Chesney.
“A lot of soul searching goes into what we do, and what we’re doing in Boston in terms of the city, the fans and the Fund, especially,” Chesney says.
Chesney established the Spread the Love Fund after the bombings in conjunction with BMC to help those who needed amputations be able to afford prosthetics and the fittings, physical therapy, and ongoing care that’s required with these kinds of severe injuries. He co-wrote and recorded the song, “Spread The Love” with the Wailers, and proceeds go to the fund.
Chesney told his loyal members of “No Shoes Nation” on Good Morning America in August that he’s also selling T-shirts and donating the proceeds. “We are selling these [Spread The Love] shirts for Boston Medical Center,” Chesney said on the GMA concert stage. “It’s a fund to help the victims of the Boston Marathon whose lives were changed that day forever, through no fault of their own. We started the fund and proceeds from the song downloads and the shirts goes to victims to get prothetic limbs.”
Allowing cameras into the normally reticent singer’s charity world is a first. But Chesney says that he didn’t want people to forget what the amputees will be living with for the rest of their lives. “Watching what happened on TV, as the entire nation did, really threw me,” Chesney says. “But meeting these amazing people who’re putting their lives together, hearing their stories and seeing how they approach getting their lives back… I was moved beyond words.”