Victims of Hurricane Harvey

As I sit in my home, electricity on, eating my kids' snacks with no imminent danger of water coming into my house, I am watching the news of loss and tragedy.  I have been fortunate to have withstood Hurricane Harvey with limited damage.  However, there are many that I know who can never dig themselves out of this financial hole, including my own staff, the staff at the hospitals that I work at and all around me.  I know this because I try to treat everyone around me with respect and in return, they share their lives with me.  I know who their children are, their fears and worries, their hopes in life.  Though I am saddened for all who have lost so much during this hurricane, I am horrified with what will happen to those who can truly never recover and be made whole again.

My name is Caroline Yoon and I am a Head & Neck Surgeon.  I work in the Clear Lake area near NASA in areas that were directly affected by the hurricane.  I have been surrounded by water with no means to get out except with my son's Power Ranger flotation devices which will probably not get me too far.  While on house arrest, my sister and I were thinking of ways to help, either directly or indirectly.  I have never created a Gofundme page or any other fundraising campaign.  I am relying on the internet and this Gofundme page to help those I know directly and the American Red Cross and the multiple other wonderful institutions to help those I do not. 

In the operating room, I feel like a hero sometimes but I realize quickly that it is not heroic to use the facilities that have been given to you.  It is your duty. 

Thank you for your generosity.  The donations given will be placed into my personal bank account and then I will write checks as gifts to the families in need.  If there is adequate raised, I will buy supplies for the many shelters near me that are in need.  This fund will be FULLY spent on those who have lost something significant during this hurricane, with priority on those who have no home to return to.   I will focus on food, clothing and shelter and to help the children return to school in the best way possible. 

Specifically, I already have a list of at least 2 families who have lost their entire home and belongings, including a member of the medical staff and my son's elementary public school teacher.

I still believe in the kindness of people.   

As Rumi once said "Only through the heart can you touch the sky."


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Houston, TX
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