Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Another shipment reaches the hospital

The hospital confirmed that it recieved the latest shipment OK on Monday October 16, 2006. This was the 9th successful shipment, the seventh this year, the fifth in which the funds were handled by the earmarked Mosul Hospital Fund at Life for Relief and Development.

This shipment included the following:
- Doxorubicin 50 mg vial : 35 vials
- Vincristine 2 mg vial : 30 vials

Although I'm still carrying most of the weight as far as funding, it's important that people know that I am not the only one supporting this project. Eight other people have donated to the fund so far, their gifts have ranged from $25 to $500, and some have made multiple donations. I don't know all their names, but I want to present the best accounting I can so they will know their money is going where they intended.

Donations to the Mosul Hospital Fund at Life for Relief and Development so far are as follows:

5/24/2006 - $4400.00
6/5/2006 - $100.00
6/20/2006 - $3750.00
6/22/2006 - $300.00
6/26/2006 - $100.00
7/28/2006 - $3875.00
8/2/2006 - $200.00
8/8/2006 - $200.00
8/23/2006 - $25.00
8/24/2006 - $3,875.00
9/7/2006 - $25.00
9/12/2006 - $100.00
9/29/2006 - $3900.00
10/5/2006 - $20.00
10/5/2006 - $25.00
10/11/2006 - $500.00
TOTAL: $21395.00

These funds have been applied as follows:
$18644.68 (87.15%) Paid so far to Ameristat Pharmaceuticals in Minneapolis for Shipments to Mosul.
$610.82 (2.85%) To be applied to next shipment to Mosul.
$2139.50 (10%) Reserved for LIFE's overhead (office space, accounting, etc).

I ask those who have contributed to not be concerned by the reserve for LIFE's overhead costs. I am adding an amount to my own donations to cover the overhead costs, as well as shipping costs, and all your donations ARE being applied to payments for drugs and nothing but drugs. For instance, I will notify the hospital that $3678.69 will be available for drugs for the next shipment ($3000 from me, $610.82 from others, and $67.87 which I will chip in to offset the overhead reserve associated with that $610.82).

Does it make sense to spend this kind of money, folks? I know for my part it's hard to do. I'd rather plow the rent I'm pulling in from my tenants and my social security check and the insurance settlement that should have gone into body work on my truck into savings and repairs on my own home and maybe even a nice vacation. But if I did that I'd be letting down the folks in Mosul. This project is beginning to eat into my savings this month, but I don't expect to live forever and I'm getting a bigger bang out of this project than anything I ever did. Call it charity, call it waging peace, call it an internet shopping spree that got out of hand, I'm having a blast and doing some good in this world. I extend my thanks to all the folks who have chipped in to support this fine madness.

How it will end I have no idea. Ultimately it can't go on forever. The Iraqi government, the Ministry of Health and Kimadia, are eventually going to have to find a way to deal with whatever it is that's preventing them from properly supplying the hospitals of Iraq. I can't imagine that the people of Iraq will tolerate anything else. It could happen in months, or maybe in years. For the time being, tell everybody you know that there is a desperate shortage of supplies at the hospitals of Iraq, and this project is doing what it can to resolve those shortages.


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