At Henry Ford Hospital, where I spend most of my time as a medical resident, there are 21 flights of stairs. If you add the basement, and some odd additional flights at the top, you have one really incredible good work out… .and as a resident training for her first major climb [hopefully, of many], the stairs have become my friend.
There are a lot of words that come to mind when I think about our September Climb: Excitement, fear, disbelief, and preparation are just a few. I am thrilled to be embarking on this journey for an unbelievably worthy cause, an organization that works to restore sight for folks who would otherwise lack access to care. I know, for certain, that despite the difficulties that arise while we climb, there is no comparison to the difficulties faced by people with visual impairments.
During my training, climbing endless flights of stairs after work, I think of Dr. Haider’s dedication to this mission; I think of his travels abroad, working countless hours operating on individuals for whom there is no other opportunity to seek care. I think of how World Sight attempts to sustainably alleviate the disproportionate access to medical care by working with existingphysicians in developing nations who operate within existing infrastructure so that nearly the entire cost of care is centered around the most important person: the patient. I think of our patients. I think of folks who have had to climb mountains of difficulty to reach the basic luxuries that I am afforded daily, without effort. I think of their success and resilience, despite endless obstacles in their way.
And when I think of these things, I realize that what we are doing in September.... is miniscule. So let’s do it…let’s Trek the highest free-standing mountain IN THE WORLD…and let’s raise thousands of dollars in the process. Please help us reach our goal, and help us restore the sight of thousands of patients worldwide. Click Here
Love and hiking boots,
This blog post was written with the sheer excitement of a five-year-old, which Arwa frequently embodies. She studies eyes, loves people, and will regularly drop everything for an adventure. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org