Sweet's Heart

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Flag of Indonesia  , Sumatera Utara,
Monday, November 14, 2011

So this cheeky little post may not be directly related to my travels but it is on behalf of some really good friends I made in Korea AND it links in with the question I've been asking myself since I got here...how can one person like me make any difference here, or in the rest of the world?  In Korea I helped save dogs, here it's going to be a whole different experience.  All around the world there are people starving, living in poverty, unable to afford life saving medical treatment.  "What then must we do?"  Well in my opinion the story below hits the nail on the head.  Me, alone, I'll never change the world completely, but I can make a difference, even if it's to one starfish!

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."

Please read the plea below.  It's to help save my friends niece.

"This cute little girl's name is Clairelyn, more affectionately known as Sweet to her friends and family. At six years old she was looking forward to starting school and playing with friends. Unfortunately she spends her time in the hospital due to her heart. Sweet suffers from a series of problems, the most important of which is a hole in her heart between her left and right ventricle. This allows blood without oxygen returning from her body to bypass the lungs and return to the body. This condition is complicated by a blockage located in her pulmonary arteries which keeps blood from reaching her lungs to become oxygenated. The situation is serious. According to a doctor friend who has reviewed the medical information, she needs surgery to repair both the blockage and hole. Without it her future is not bright, it is unlikely she will live much longer.  Sweet currently requires daily medical attention costing nearly 3.5 days wages in her homeland, the Philippines. The cost of the surgery is 500,000 PHP ($11,750 US).  In they Philippines they don't have NHS and they don't operate until the full amount has been paid.  If her family can't pay for the sugery, she won't have the surgery, life threatening or not.   If you could find it in yourself to help Sweet, any amount is appreciated. 
Thank you and God bless.
Norman and Janice Davis"   
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