The term frequent flyer is used often in Seacrest Studios; and while it is primarily designated for patients who attend programming on a regular basis, it takes on an entirely new meaning when framed around Ivan.
Ivan has Dandy Walker syndrome and cerebral palsy. For over 11 years Ivan could not communicate. A few years ago, he received an eye gaze device that allows him to speak electronically through a computer screen. Although Ivan cannot move or talk on his own, he is full of incredible interview questions for celebrities and friends who pass through the studio.
“Seacrest Studios has been so wonderful for Ivan. We are at the hospital often due to his condition and it gives him the chance to feel like a kid and experience great things instead of just being sick.” -Cheyenne Asher, Ivan’s Mom
Since Seacrest Studios opened at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt four years ago, Ivan has been a staple. He stops in to say hello to the studio team when visiting for appointments, and has interviewed guests including Ryan Seacrest, Halsey, Dan + Shay, Randy Travis, Colton Dixon and more.
“As a parent, the studio is giving me a chance to watch my son make positive memories. I never could have imagined what a blessing this place would become in the hospital and I am forever thankful to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation for making a difference for kids like Ivan. Music is so therapeutic for him and talking to people makes him so happy.” -Cheyenne Asher, Ivan’s Mom
The lasting impact Ivan has made on the Nashville studio is ten-fold. Ivan is a frequent flyer. But even more importantly, he is a living embodiment of the mission of our work. We cannot wait to see who he impacts next!