August 1, 2008
Angel Locator: Stephanie Casey
An Angolan-Israeli tale to warm hearts
Dalton Antonio Domingos, the first child from Angloa to be operated on in Israel through the Save a Child's Heart charity, in the arms of an Israeli heart specialist at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon (SACH)
Until this week, Dalton Antonio Domingos was a three-year-old boy with no future. Living in a poor district in the Kilamba Kiaxi district of Angola, he suffers from a severe heart disease for which there are no treatment or operative facilities in his country. His parents -- his father is a truck driver and his mother is a housekeeper -- did not have the financial capability to see medical help elsewhere.
Fortunately for him, this week he became the first Angolan child -- and the 2000th child in total -- to undergo life-saving heart surgery at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, as part of the unique work of the charity.
Read the complete story by Esther Solomon in Haaretz.com
Lodi optometrist raising funds by reaching African summit
Jennifer M. Howell/News-Sentinel
Dr. Kathryn Beckman is going to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with her brother to raise funds for children in Guatemala.
Doctor Kathryn Beckman has been training for what could possibly be the biggest trek of her life. At the end of July, Beckman will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on the African continent. And she's not just doing it "because it's there."
Not long ago, Beckman was reading through a trade magazine for the optometry field. She came across an ad for Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. Instead of the typical walk-a-thons that are held to raise money for charitable causes, VOSH was doing something similar. But this was more along the lines of an "extreme climb-a-thon."
Beckman, who has a background in technical climbing and backpacking, has been soliciting donations from friends, family, clients and anyone willing to help. The proceeds will benefit 3,400 Guatemalan children, many of whom are born with congenital cataracts, making them virtually blind.
Read the complete story by Marc Lutz in the Lodi-News Sentinel