Joe Aiello: On Air For Health Care

Joe Aiello gives back

Joe Aiello is the kind of person who makes this big small town the best.

When he’s not pulling double duty at Power 97 as Program Director and a co-host of Power Mornings, the veteran of Winnipeg’s airwaves is giving back to his beloved “big small town.” This year, Aiello took on the added role of co-spokesperson of the Tri-Hospital Dream Lottery, with TSN’s Sara Orlesky, for Manitoba’s three cornerstone hospital foundations.

He champions and supports patient care at St. Boniface Hospital and Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Winnipeg through endowment funds he established in 2011 and 2016, respectively. The funds honour the memories of his late mother, Fiorina Aiello, and his late wife, Alanna Hogue Aiello.

Aiello sees the HSC Foundation fund as an expression of gratitude for the care Alanna received when she had cancer, and of his love for the West End. Growing up there, HSC was his neighbourhood health care centre. “My dad still lives in the area to this day, because you can’t move a garden,” he said. “Helping the HSC Foundation is a way to lighten people’s loads.”

When Alanna was later moved into St. Boniface Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit, Aiello said he was “thankful there was a facility like this, that’s able to take care of her. Because I couldn’t take care of her anymore, and that’s the worst feeling in the world for anybody.”

Aiello encourages his listeners and the public to support patient care in any way they can, which includes ordering their Dream Lottery tickets online at trihospitaldream.com.

“I’ve been blessed to have a wonderful career, it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. But I always say, radio people and local celebrities, we have a voice. It happens to be a big voice and thank God that it’s heard by a lot of people, and generous people who will come to bat for you.”

“I think my mom and Alanna would be happy to know that there’s a lot of people out there who are willing to help others, especially knowing what they went through,” he said.

“If we all pitch in as donors and volunteers, we can make the whole health care system work more effectively,” he said. “When everybody does their thing, you can see magic happen.”

Funds raised from this year’s Dream Lottery will go directly toward improving patient care, funding research, and purchasing specialized equipment/technology, which will benefit the combined 1 million patients that visit the hospitals annually.

Now with over 3,300 prizes, seven Grand Prize options and three great causes to support, you can get your tickets to win big – and help all Manitobans needing care at St. Boniface Hospital, Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, and Children’s Hospital–HSC Winnipeg.

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