“I first heard about Watsi on Facebook, a friend had forwarded the page about Genet. I asked her what she knew about the organization, and then did a little reading about it on my own. Of course I love that 100% of my donation goes for treatment; I am a little tired of organization that use up to 60% of donations for "administrative” costs.
I work in a hospital, so I care deeply about health issues. I feel I have been incredibly lucky, and that’s all it is, dumb luck, to have been born in a country where medical care is so readily available. My heart continues to break for people around the world who have such treatable medical issues, and either have to suffer with them, or sadly sometimes die because of them. A condition that could be so easily fixed in America, quite often in outpatient surgery!
I am at a time in my life where I have money to share. And what better way than to help someone have a better life, or in some cases even a life at all. Our 25 year old son died 3 ½ years ago, and I know how devastating it is to lose someone who gives your life such meaning. I hope and pray that the good work you do can spare others that pain.
In five years I hope to see Watsi everywhere. I hope Watsi becomes a household word. And I am humbled and in awe of you and others who got this wonderful program started. One of your questions was what inspires me. And I have to say, Adam and the rest of the Watsi team inspire me.
To finish up the questions, I live in a mid sized city in southwest Michigan. I am 55, been married for 30 years, and we also have a daughter who is 25. I am an xray technologist, specializing in mammography and bone densitometry. There are many quotes and phrases that I love and try to live by, but I guess two of my favorites would be “be kind, everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” by Plato and Mother Teresa’s “not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”