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OUTDOOR IDAHO ‘Nature's Healing Power’ Wins Regional Emmy Award

“Nature's Healing Power,” an OUTDOOR IDAHO episode that featured the stories of people who found strength and solace in nature as they confront illness and injury, won a Northwest Regional Emmy Award at the 51st annual Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences ceremonies, which were held in Seattle this past weekend.

Written and produced by Idaho Public Television's Marcia Franklin, “Nature‚Äôs Healing Power” claimed the Emmy in the Science/Health-Program Special category for programming in 2013.

The program also highlighted the work of four Idaho nonprofits that offer outdoor retreats for cancer survivors and disabled veterans.

“I was honored to accept the Emmy in Seattle on behalf of Idaho Public Television,” said Ron Pisaneschi, IdahoPTV general manager. “What makes me especially proud of this program was the involvement of many members of our production team, including executive producer Bruce Reichert; videographers Hank Nystrom, Jay Krajic, Aaron Kunz, John Romlein, John Plummer and Kevin Hutchison; editor Dave Butler; and post-production supervisors Pat Metzler and Sauni Symonds.”

“This was a total group effort,” said Franklin. “Many thanks to Bruce Reichert for letting me explore this topic despite it being a bit different than our other OUTDOOR IDAHO programs, and to the many folks who worked on it. The program would not have been possible without the participation of the people who shared their often-sensitive stories of living with serious illness.”

Franklin spent time with participants at two fly-fishing retreats for cancer patients where fellowship is just as important as fishing. The nonprofit groups profiled included “Reel Recovery” (now called Idaho 2 Fly) for men, located in the Copper Basin of central Idaho, and “Casting for Recovery” for women, on a ranch outside of Challis.

Franklin also joined children with cancer and their families as they took a respite from their worries on a daylong trip down the Payette River with “River Discovery” and spent time with female veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder as they gained confidence and camaraderie during a weeklong adventure with “Higher Ground” at Pettit Lake.

The program is available online at natureshealingpower/index.cfm.