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HIV/AIDS Outreach in Kenya

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As a child I was always asked, "What do you want to do when you grow up?" My answer was far from typical, and quite honestly enticed laughter from many inquirers. With unmatched confidence I would proclaim, "I want to save the world." As a seven year old I thought saving the world meant wearing a shiny cape, owning "super cool" gadgets and gizmos, and relying on my superpowers to save the human race from the "bad guys". Today, I realize I wasn't completely wrong. My shiny cape will be a white coat. My gadgets and gizmos come in the form of a stethoscope and otoscope, as well as MRI and x-ray machines. Finally, my superpowers will be my knowledge, compassion, and determination to do good in this world. I may not be able to save the world, but, it's my hope, along the way I just may save someone who's the world to someone else.

I am a medical student at Des Moines University who has found her calling. Yes, it is in medicine, but more specifically it's using my career choice as a mean to improve the well-being of those without the resources to help themselves. During my undergraduate career, I traveled by myself to India for a month to do medical volunteer work with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. My time in India also granted me the opportunity to live at a Ghandian ashram for a week. Needless to say, my experience was life-changing. My eyes were opened to the endless opportunities this world and the people in it have to offer. I am traveling to Honduras during spring break with Global Brigades for medical volunteer work, and I would like to continue to make a difference during the little time I have off this summer by traveling to Africa with IVHQ to volunteer in their HIV/AIDS outreach program. Your help is extremely appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to be a part of my story and a sidekick in my attempt to save the world.



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