I have been apart of an organization called CURE for about a year now. It is on our college campus, but it’s not limited to just GCSU. CURE U has chapters all across the United States on thirty-four different college campuses (CURE U). It’s also an international, not-for-profit organization with hospitals in ten underdeveloped countries (CURE). They work on healing children who have deformities such as clubfoot, severe burns or broken bones. Through that, they also proclaim the love of Jesus Christ to places that would have otherwise never heard of him.
Their blog is a very unusual blog for an organization to have, because they let students of CURE University chapters contribute, volunteers from mission trips contribute, and even have staff from the hospital blog about patients and their stories. However, the blog series I most enjoy reading is “Mead Minutes” by the Medical Director of the Tim Tebow (yes, that Tim Tebow) hospital in the Philippines, Tim Mead. He writes various stories of his encounters with patients, how scary it can be, and how he is amazed by the attitude that some of the children carry.
The one that stuck out to me today was his blog about two little boys, both of whom came in on the same day, with the same injury, and had similar life stories. However, they didn’t know each other until their paths crossed at the hospital. Dr. Mead starts off the blog with how scary it is to be the only “pediatric orthopedic hospital on the island of Mindanao” because you get kids with problems that the surgeons don’t always know that they can handle. However, somehow their trust in God pays off and they are able to do something they didn’t think possible.
Even though he started his blog off that way, that’s not the direction Dr. Mead took his readers in. I thought that it would be a scary blog about a Grey’s Anatomy-like medical condition that had a happy ending, despite the reader thinking it didn’t. I guess I thought that Dr. Mead would end up boasting about himself and his medical techniques. But he didn’t. He not only gave the glory to God (at the end of the blog), but gave the glory to the kids. He talks about how, because of these boys’ contagious, happy attitudes and budding friendship, it made surgery a lot less stressful and the boys’ recovery a lot less painful. What I got from it was that the patients made the doctors’ job easier, rather than it usually being the other way around.
Being apart of one of the chapters of this amazing organization, I know that the blog wasn’t written for PR purposes, but it did do great things for CURE. Dr. Mead told a great story outlining how hard it is to be a doctor working in a hospital where you never know what you’ll see walk through the doors. He then takes you to the point of how God works in mysterious ways and how, instead of being scared, he is blessed beyond measure of the things he gets to see happen in this hospital on a daily basis. He starts out pulling the reader one direction and then does a 180, leaving the reader with a feel-good emotion knowing that, because of doctors like him, good things are happening in the Philippines.