Thank you so much for inviting me to speak at the DFCon meeting. It really was a wonderful meeting. I thought the format was great and the speakers thought provoking and exciting. You are excellent as a master of ceremonies, always with a pointed question and compliments to the speakers. As I mentioned when I said goodby, I have started my own foundation, the UCLA Bates-Jensen Wound REACH Foundation. My vision for the foundation is simple, to run charity race events to raise funds to support programs in Wound Research, Education, And Clinical Health that make a difference for patients with wounds globally. I am hopeful you will be interested in helping me grow the foundation, or at least spreading the word!
For me, setting up this foundation is a personal commitment to improve wound care here in the U.S. and in resource poor countries. The turning points for me have been my efforts in Haiti following the earthquake last year and my recent running activities.
Providing and directing care as the Chief of wound care services in the tent hospital in Haiti one month after the earthquake was truly life changing. I returned to Haiti this summer (July 2010) to provide wound education for Haitian physicians and nurses. These experiences opened my eyes to the needs of wound patients and clinicians around the world.
Last year I started running. I ran my first marathon in March. Each time I pay the entry fee and run a race, I think it would be great if I could run a race that helped my other passion, wound care. My work here in the U.S. continually reinforces the need for an organized effort to improve conditions, research funding, and education related to wound care and the Haiti experience showed me the need globally.
My goals are to raise funds to support wound patients here in the U.S. and to set up sustainable wound clinics in resource poor countries and train in-country health care workers in basic wound care. Currently I know several countries ready for and in need of training and support, Uganda, Cambodia, and of course, Haiti. Further, I want to support local U.S. wound care in each location where we host a charity race event. Nearly every speaker at DFCon spoke to the need for increased public awareness of the needs of wound patients. Speakers said several times that we don’t have a race for the cure or a ribbon for wound care patients. I hope to change that.
So, in October 2010, on a leap of faith, with the belief that maybe one person really can make a difference, I started the UCLA Bates-Jensen Wound REACH Foundation. I believe we can raise public awareness of the needs of wound patients and clinicians and generate funds through charity races to support improved quality of wound care globally. Each charity race event will be held in conjunction with a professional health care organization meeting, such as wound care meetings, oncology meetings, diabetes meetings.
The first event will held during the SAWC meeting in Dallas Texas on Saturday, April 16th at 7-10am. I am attaching a flyer that describes the event a bit more.
I am hoping you can help me spread the word, and help me get people involved. I hope to have a separate website in the very near future, but for now you can donate at https://giving.ucla.edu/ouchraces/NetDonate.aspx Or view a video that describes my Haiti experiences at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNW6p_TVPQw&feature=youtube_gdata
and you can, of course, always run or walk in an event, donate to the foundation or volunteer to help with an event to help me in my quest for better wound care:
UCLA Bates-Jensen Wound REACH Foundation c/o UCLA Foundation Tax ID Number: 95-6006143
If you have ideas on how I can involve people please let me know as I know I will need many volunteers to make this successful. I have no experience in foundations, but I had no experience that prepared me for Haiti either. Thanks so very much,