Thursday, March 27, 2008

Posted by Ceeya Patton-Bolman, program coordinator for Team Heart

As I sit here, determined to complete the thank you notes before the "unpacking team" leaves on Monday, I cannot help reflecting on those whom have made this trip possible. Help has come not only from predictable sources, vendors we work with and respect and feel "we must have _____ to do this safely, hospital personnel have gone beyond our wildest hopes to make contacts for donations or broker great prices to provide what we need, but help has come in smaller donations, used cell phones (we continue to collect!!!) and more importantly from words of encouragement and the hope for success.

It has continued to amaze and warm my heart how the Brigham community has embraced this project. Chip and I came to the Brigham from the outside and the environment initially did not seem a welcoming one. A hard move, late in life, without children to introduce us to parents of their friends, at times we both despaired of ever being a part of the community. It has been incredible to me to see how the community of volunteers, nurses and physicians have supported each other and made a place for us too! Although we are not doing this trip for team building, it has been one of the most wonderful "side effects". Getting to know the team which embraces many more individuals than those traveling to Kigali has been wonderful.

Thank you to each of our supporters, we take a piece of you with us.


Sarah Doherty said...

Hi Ceeya,
I want to let you know I am enjoying the blog site and reading your letter. I thank-you and your husband not only for setting up a system to provide good medical care to the Rwanda peolpe; but also an opportunity for my twin sister, Susan Gabriel, to shine as the great teacher and leader she is. Our family is so proud of her!
My love and prayer to all,
Sarah Doherty
Roberts Creek, BC Canada

Melissa said...

I am so proud of you guys!

Matt Quin said...

Hello Everyone,
Wow!!! What a great start to the trip. Glad to see everyone had a safe trip and things are off to a great start. Good luck and thank you for all your efforts to make this trip hapen. We are so proud of you as you represent the rest of us back here at the Brigham. Can't wait to see more as you are joined by the rest of the team. You are all in my prayers!
With Love and Respect,

Egidia said...

Hi Ceeya, I just received email from Suellen that you did your first case today
Congratulations!!!! She also told me that the materials that i translated in Kinyarwanda are very helpful to the nurses. I wish i could be there,I am thinking about all of you and praying for you.

Egidia said...

Dear Ceeya and Dr. Bolman,
Thank you so much for doing this for people of Rwanda, you are so inspirational and i am very fortunate to know you both. During this time in 1994, lives were being lost and hope was out of reach, 14 years later, you are bringing hope to many and you are awakening dreams that were lost. The work you and the rest of Team Heart are doing is greatly appreciated, you are true angels walking on earth. My prayers are with you all. Best wishes

Anonymous said...

I am very proud of my big sister Lisa Kelley for participating in Team Heart, and to all of a you, a big thanks for offering your services to other needy folks!!