My Real Passion

Sure, I love to write. But if you were to ask me what my real passion is, you would get a different answer.

An estimated 20 million people in the world are blind due to cataracts. 20 million people who are blind but needn't be. 20 million people who could have their sight restored with a relatively simple surgical procedure that costs as little as $30.

My passion is to help bring this number down to zero, one eye at a time.

The World Health Organization has an initiative called Vision 2020, with the goal of eliminating preventable blindness by 2020. Unfortunately, we are far behind this goal.

So what is my involvement in reaching this goal? I pack up an operating microscope and travel with a medical team to places where people have no access to cataract surgery.

This is only a drop in the bucket and not the most efficient way to chip away at the mountain, but at least it is something. My real dream is to help establish more sustainable systems of cataract surgery delivery in developing countries. Mostly I have worked with Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic, but now I have my sights set on Africa.

Along with some wonderful people who share my vision I have recently formed a non-profit organization called Sight Restoration International. Our vision is as follows:

1) To provide high quality low cost cataract surgery to those who have no access to eye-care.
2) To provide opportunities for resident physicians to take part in medical missions in developing countries.
3) To contribute to the development of sustainable cataract surgery delivery in the areas we visit.

Visit www.sightrestorationinternational.com to learn more!

 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just finished Prime of Life an absolutely loved it. Don't know any millionaires but I am trying to spread the word that your proceeds go to cure blindness.
Keep writing. You made me laugh and made me think. Two of my favorite things to do when reading books.

P. D. Bekendam said...

So glad you enjoyed. And thanks for spreading the word. Every small bit counts!

Deedle said...

I enjoyed Prime of Life very much. After working with the elderly for many years, I found the characters very believable. I applaud the fact that you support fighting blindness with your earnings.
I look forward to reading more of your work. God bless you.

Donna H said...

I have worked in nursing homes for years, and your characters are very familiar to me. I have also seen many "Jerry" characters doing the work they are sent by our Father to do. Lovely book!

Jane Mitcham said...

Loved Prime of Life. I recognize several of the characters since I've spent this last year caring for a relative in a nursing home.
Thank you for this book and I am now looking forward to the sequel.
Jane M

Jane Mitcham said...

Loved Prime of Life. I recognize several of the characters since I've spent this last year caring for a relative in a nursing home.
Thank you for this book and I am now looking forward to the sequel.
Jane M

P. D. Bekendam said...

Thanks, Jane. And thanks for leaving such a lovely review on amazon!