When it came time to choose what organization to donate to, the decision was easy one for me. Love ‘em or hate ‘em; at some point we all need a little TLC from an MD with a steady hand… not named Christian Shephard. All joking aside, Medecins Sans Frontieres a.k.a. Doctors Without Borders provides support to communities, world wide, in the most dire and difficult situations imaginable.
The abridged origin of the organization is that it was started in 1971 by a team of doctors and journalists who believed in the same principle that all people have the right to medical care regardless of who they are, what they believe, and where they are located. Turns out a lot of people felt the same. With more than 25,000 experts and intrepid volunteers deployed around the world, Doctors Without Borders has evolved into the type of association that can bring hope to us all and that speaks volumes about the human heart’s capacity for compassion – even in trying times as these. In 1999, Medecins Sans Frontieres was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its ‘continuous effort to provide medical care in acute crises, as well as raising international awareness of potential humanitarian disasters’.
Now I’ll try not to get too Sally Struthers on everyone here (after all I’m not that good looking), but LOST-A-THON is serious about its worthy causes. Most of us can (and will) go on debating our theories about the questions answered and unanswered poised by LOST, but in this moment of frothy enjoyment as our favorite show comes to a close, we have an opportunity as a community to come together and show our strength in numbers and support. There has never been a show as polarizing as LOST (we’ve all had are fair share of debates and arguments with the haters), but when all is said and done if all us pitch in and come together there will be nothing that naysayers will be able to deny about the positive and real outcome that this show produced. So as the series wraps up, donate and feel better about being part of community of people who enjoy a well told and engaging story and at the same time give damn about their fellow woman and man – even those who prefer American Idol.