Dear Medicine In Action Family,
As you may already know, I co-founded Medicine in Action in 2005 with Dr. Karolynn Echols. We are a grassroots 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping women in developing countries. We have worked in Jamaica, Tanzania and Haiti. Our main work currently takes place in Jamaica where we currently host 2 medical missions each year. Our emphasis is on women’s health care, both in primary care and GYN surgery. Furthermore, we have established a partnership with Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica where our physicians are helping to train the residents in Jamaica, specifically in urogynecology.
I took a break from the medical missions after having the twins back in 2012. This was a difficult decision for me as MIA had been such a huge part of my life. But now, I’m ready to get back into action!! Delivering quality medical and surgical care to the women of Jamaica, in my home country, has always been a really important part of my life’s work, hence the reason for starting MIA back in 2006.
To kick off my return to MIA, I am planning on riding the Napa Wine Century as a fundraiser for Medicine in Action. The funds raised will go mainly to costs associated with patient care, such as buying supplies and equipment used in clinics to see patients as well as in surgeries. Specifically, ware hoping to purchase an ultrasound machine and a cystoscopy set. A portion will also go towards the Sugar Scholars Medical Student Scholarship program. This is the student scholarship program that was set up in honor of my father Alton “Sugar” Chong.
The Napa Wine Century will take place on May 2, 2015 and is a 100 mile road bike ride. It will take me all day to ride and I’ve been training now for about two months. As you may know, I broke my arm last year after falling off a cliff, mountain biking. This was a little set back, to say the least, as I was off my bike for about 4 months. Getting back into shape has been quite a challenge.
My goal is to raise $5000 before the ride. There are two ways to donate. You can either donate a flat fee, or you can pledge an amount based on how many miles I ride while I’m training. If you chose to pledge per training mile, your credit card will not be billed. I will ask for your donation at the end of my training. I plan on uploading all my rides via strava on my facebook page and for all those cycling enthusiasts, I invite you to follow me there. Checks can be mailed to me at 8101 Skyline Blvd, Oakland CA, 94611 and made to Medicine in Action.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and support. All donations are tax deductible.
Debbie Chong, MD