Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 31- C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Michigan basketball made my day last year with an exciting win.  It is only fitting that I honor Michigan athletics today with a donation to a place where all Michigan athletes spend a great deal of time with their own philanthropy.

C.S. Mott Children's hospital is affiliated with the university and is one of the top pediatric hospitals in the nation.  Here's a description from the "Who We Are" section.

When a child you love is sick, your top priority is finding the best care available. Mott isn't just a hospital: it's a place where patients and families always come first; where 170,000 patients annually from Michigan, the United States and the world seek general and specialized inpatient and outpatient treatment; where top medical students compete for some of the most highly sought-after pediatric residencies and fellowships; and where children with the most complex medical problems are guaranteed access to the most advanced care. Our rich history, collaborative health care teams and philosophy of family-centered care combine to ensure that every single Mott patient receives the best, most comprehensive and compassionate care available.


Athletes and students from U of M regularly give thousands of hours and thousands of dollars to this hospital to help support the wonderful work they do.  I'm happy to be joining the ranks today.  On the website, there are a number of different suggestions for how to support this hospital, from being a volunteer to being an advocate to being a donor.  I do hope you'll find one that works for you.

http://www.med.umich.edu/mott/help/1help.html

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No, MLK Day is not just important to me because I had the day off from work today (although that was an added bonus).  In fact, I felt guilty about sitting at home on this day off.  I decided that since I wasn't out volunteering or advocating for anything, I should at least spend some time with Martin Luther King, Jr, this afternoon.  This was the best decision I made all day.

I feel inspired.  I could explain the million reasons why, but none of my words could even come close to the power and inspiration packed into each and every one of his.  Instead, let me share with you a few of my favorite new gems.  It is incredible how relevant Dr. King still is and will always be.

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people."

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Peace, love, and harmony. 

Thank you, Martin Luther King, Jr., you made my day.

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