The generosity of so many to help Sampson was breathtaking which now brings me to this and you won't believe this: Liberia does not have a CT scan which, had they had a CT scan years ago (like you do in your community hospital just down the street), and had Sampson gotten to the hospital in Monrovia, the docs might have diagnosed Sampson's problem early and perhaps have prevented so much hardship and so many surgeries. Identifying a problem early can often make a big difference. (And, of course, with a ct scan, Sampson can continue to be monitored now that he is back in Liberia.)
There are American doctors in Liberia but without that basic diagnostic tool (CT scan) those doctors have 'one armed tied behind their backs' and thousands suffer and problems like Sampson's can spiral out of control. They need a CT scan.
When we brought Sampson back to Liberia in May after his surgeries in the USA, I visited Samaritans Purse newly built hospital in Monrovia. I said, "if I raise the money for a CT scan, would that make a difference?" The American doctor said I had no idea what a CT scan would do for Liberia! I then spoke to Reverend Franklin Graham. We agreed - I would raise the money for the CT scan ($275k) and he would pay for the electrical work, training, building, staffing etc to make it operable to save lives. Reverend Graham's cost is $300k so I got the much better deal. :)
So now I turn to you....will you help? It will change and save lives and won't take much individually because together we can do so much. I will start. I will give first. I am not just one of those who asks others to give and I don't give. I just gave $10,000 to show you my extreme dedication to this important project. I am not certainly not asking you to give $10,000 (I have a job and can do that amount and should give that to show you my passion for this project)-- but I am asking you for $10. If enough people give $10 -- or more -- we will do this.
This is a chance for all of us to once again work together for an incredible project. Think about it -- we only need 26,500 people (my FB page has more than 1.2 million) to give $10.00 and we change the nation of Liberia. And yes, of course, if you want to give more, have at it!
This is not just about Sampson now. This is about helping so many people that you and I will never meet.
UPDATE: since I unexpectedly have more time (I am no longer employed at MSNBC), I have more time and I am going to see if I can't figure out more ways I can help raise this money. It is moving forward but I am impatient. Of course I have those sleepless nights where I worry I won't reach the goal since it is so huge...and then what? And if I failed, what will I do with the already donated money? Of course if that happened (which I am determined to make sure does not) I would make sure the money went to the hospital for some other unfulfilled great need...but the truth is that I am 100% determined to make this a success. I will succeed. :)
Note: Samaritan's Purse will be withdrawing these funds. I am raising $275 k here as our (yours and my) part of this project, Samaritan's Purse is adding another $300 k and will take responsibility for buying the equipment, shipping it, assembling it, training people etc.
Please also tell your friends about this project by sharing this link with them: https://www.gofundme.com/CT-Liberia#
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