So many a night I have spent tearing up over an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. There are so many sad stories and cases and those patients you pray don’t die. The doctors are now my family, I know all about neuroblastoma and fistulas and how to make a perfect suture. I have lived a day in the life of a trauma surgeon. I have debated with myself on whether I want to start a clinical trial or practice in cardio. I have misdiagnosed myself often and yes, I’ll admit I have swooned along with the masses over Derek Shepherd aka McDreamy.
But here’s the thing. Over the past couple of weeks Brandon, the guy behind Humans of New York (HONY), has been sharing stories from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. On real life children and real awful cancer. With a name that’s real similar to our beloved Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital but this one really exists.
I was reading yesterday on the HONY facebook page, about Dr Dr Mark Souweidane and how he has spent 17 years trying to find a cure for DIPG, a particularly fatal cancer. 17 years! If that’s not passion I don’t know what is. He is the real life McDreamy cos he’s fighting to make other people’s dreams actualization. I was so challenged personally and inspired too. Also, instead of helplessly screaming at a screen, powerless to do anything, this time I can do a little something that might just go a long way.
There is a fundraiser here where you and I can go to join in the fight against Paediatric Cancer. There are so many people out there today suffering. So many that for those of us that are able, we should do whatever we can to help someone today. We don’t have to look far…some of us have these people right in our backyard. In the hospitals and in the streets. I mean, I don’t expect everyone that reads this to donate to the cause, but each one of us can find our own and fight for it.
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:40
Save a life today.