Support a Spinal Surgery in Ethiopia | To Save a Life: NYC 10/1/13

Ten years ago, Dr. Rick Hodes met two abandoned orphans in Ethiopia with tuberculosis of the spine. One had a 90-degree angle back; the other a 120-degree angle.

Dr. Rick adopted these children. He sought to ensure they were provided with care and corrective surgeries.

Today these children are attending university in the United States.

In his 20+ years as JDC’s Medical Director in Ethiopia, Dr. Rick has cared for and ensured medical treatment for 100’s of other young people with spinal tuberculosis, an illness that leaves its victims “with spines that look like question marks.”

No one knows why Ethiopia is rife with this illness.

With surgery, the illness is treatable.

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In 2012, 20 young professionals from the U.S. and U.K.traveled to Ethiopia to volunteer alongside JDC’s humanitarian programs and meet Dr. Rick.

We were moved by what we saw. Upon our return, we knew we wanted to help Dr. Rick and JDC make a difference.

Today we seek to raise $20,000 to support the spinal surgery of a young child affected by Spinal TB.

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On October 1, please join us for To Save a Life, a night supporting the work of Dr. Rick Hodes and JDC in Ethiopia. If you cannot attend, your donation is welcome.

Dr. Rick Hodes will be our honored guest and will speak at the event.

The $50 ticket includes drinks and vegetarian appetizers.

Raffle tickets for great prizes will be on sale at thevenue. Examples include Knicks tickets, Rangers tickets and a behind-the-scenes tour of Google HQ in NYC (including lunch at the Google Cafeteria!)

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For $20,000, we can provide one child suffering from spinal TB with a life-saving spine surgery.

Any amount will help*:

  • $20,000 = One Child's surgery 
  • $2,500 provides surgical implants for spinal reconstruction 
  • $1,000 provides surgery space, recovery room treatment, medications, and physical therapy 
  • $500 provides anesthesia for spinal surgery
  • $100 provides bone grafting for spinal surgery 
  • $25 provides food for a patient during a one week stay

Cost breakdown provided by FOCOS (The Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine) and are estimated and subject to change.

 

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