Some of you know that I do a lot of aid work in Cambodia and on a recent trip, one of our very own, cdubb, who I play in a keeper league with, volunteered to spend a day with me consulting to one such project which is the core of the Cambodian Diabetes Association at the moment. He was there on holiday with his lovely wife. The clinic is under-developed and under-funded but doing critical work in saving lives and saving limbs in not very good conditions. Calvin who carves up feet and ankles for a living (as a surgeon, not a butcher) kindly took the time to suggest a protocol for the treatment of diabetic foot. Now that was significant enough, in that it immediately resulted in the successful treatment of two patients out in the jungle who likely would not have received it, if the awareness hadn't been created - so chalk up two amputations avoided.
But here's the best part - the bigger impact of his visit was that a paradigm shifted and an awareness that outside resources, such as he, could really help the cause and the ball started rolling very quickly to the point where yesterday the clinic got a massive commitment for equipment and financial resources from a Korean University and it's teaching hospitals. I am absolutely convinced that doesn't happen if Calvin didn't take that day out of his vacation to help. Serendipity, provenance? Who knows but it took a conscious decision to help to open the flood gates.
You're my hero, bud. Six hours of your time to impact the quality of what in the end will be thousands of lives.