For me my volunteer work is essential. It not only has taught me tolerance of others that are seemingly different but, I have gained an awareness of how connected we are and how small our planet. There is a phenomenon called the butterfly effect which evolved from the Chaos Theory. It means a small change within a complex system could give rise to a tidal wave. And although it may seem as if there are insurmountable problems in the world just as there is a ripple effect of one woman dying and losing her children to poverty the opposite is true as well. Every man and woman, every girl and boy, we are all connected. Sometimes an act may be small, and may cause a tidal wave of good. Each of us have a gift, a unique quality and something to offer the universe. You don’t have to travel to Africa, Asia or anywhere else. Small acts of kindness and compassion matter. How we treat each other matters. Our neighbour, our co-workers, the stranger matters. You matter. I matter.
So, what is “Bridging the Gap”? “Bridging the Gap” is an exciting opportunity to allow every patient, despite their own physical challenge of illness requiring surgery, to give to a person in need. A portion of your “gap payment”, I will donate on your behalf to help reach one of many UN Global goals. If you’re not familiar with the 17 UN Global Goals then click here to learn more from the YouTube ‘We The People’ for The Global Goals. Now through “ Bridging the Gap”, you too can join me in making an impact.
My final words are those of Fred Rogers, “If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet. How important you can be to the people you may never even dream to meet. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” For me, each mission I leave something of myself behind, a bit of knowledge and some healing for someone that matters.
Dr. Emilia Dauway, MD, FACS, FRACS