Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Adopt A Doctor!

A few years ago I learned about Adopt a Doctor through one of its leaders, Rajiv Kumar, who was a college housemate of my son's. The concept is simple. There is a brain drain of physicians in many developing countries because their salaries are so low and the working conditions so debilitating. Guaranteeing a modestly better wage for doctors helps them stay in their home countries, ministering to their very needy people. For very small sums, we can help keep a doctor at home. I just got an email from them, and you might enjoy reading about a novel fundraising effort to benefit Adopt a Doctor. I decided not to resist, having recently dubbed such contributions Impulse Giving. I am so inspired by both the concept and that young American medical students organize and run this on the side, during their grueling training. This is one answer to the question, "What is money for?" It is for supporting efforts like this.

A 44-Mile Run For Global Health

One year ago Ray Rickman, President of Adopt A Doctor, spoke to first and second-year medical school classes at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. Dante Leven recalls: "As a member of different international health groups, and having provided medical services in Haiti and rural Mexico, a central nerve was struck."
Reacting to the troubling information that patients in the countries of Adopt A Doctor's sponsored doctors often must travel 44 miles on foot to seek medical help, Leven was inspired to symbolically recreate this journey with a 44-mile ultramarathon on May 6th, 2007. Benefiting Adopt A Doctor, Leven hopes to raise at least $8,000 for his trek across the Portland area.

Please help Dante Leven achieve his goal (and more!) with a secure online donation through FirstGiving and show your support!

Click Here to Contribute to Dante's Run!

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