I love to travel. My first adventure came at an early age when
I just had to get to the top of that cottonwood tree outside our
kitchen. Mom attempted to strongly discourage further adventures
but I was hooked. My favorite memories which persist from childhood
are of those two week summer vacations. I was very lucky as a child.
The sights I have of other countries leads me to believe the world
is just as full of unlucky children. In this century, in our time,
the leading cause of death in the world is from infectious disease.
Seeing so many people suffer when the source of their suffering
could be prevented hurts my heart. The world offers so much care
to so many, yet many still receive no care. The average person goes
untreated. There are so few doctors. Today, in this world, on this
earth, 22,000 people will die from infectious diseases. Diseases
which I could buy a cure for in a local store. Help for me is easy
and at times I take so much of what I have for granted. But what
about everybody else? After all, if it's not good for everybody
it's not good for anybody. Right? What can I do? How can I help?
Why even care?
Ten years ago I was involved in a terrible accident. I spent four
months in a hospital, ten days in intensive care. Had 20 surgeries.
Spent over a year getting back on my feet and learning to walk again.
I was lucky to have insurance. I was lucky there were doctors. But
I was broke, without work, unable to work and deeply in debt. I
spent time living in my car. I had friends who cared and a family
which loves me and in time life was rolling along again. If I had
not had access to so many things I would not be writing this now
and surely would not even be alive. Life is so fragile and we teeter
on the edge of disaster everyday. Without doctors, care and timely
effort my story would be very different.
Because of what I have seen and experienced I had long dreamed
of creating a system of health aid for the Third World Community.
Finally I am closer to this goal and now dream of what can come.
I have a developing organization named "Care For All"
and this year I will coordinate efforts to send a number of medical
residents/interns to less fortunate countries. The medical student
learns and the local people increase their level of healthcare.
I love win-win situations. We start with 30 medical students in
3 countries and hope things can grow every year. More people with
healthier, happier lives who have access to care which can make
all the difference in their lives. If you have any comments or ideas
or would like to volunteer, then I would love to hear from you.
I think everyone should be able to live their life to the fullest.
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