Aimee Bronson, a very special woman who came into our lives through Fellow Flowers, shared this story with us about a week ago. We asked her to submit a photo and asked for permission to share her story and upcoming mission with all of you. How bloomin sweet is this picture? And yes Aimee, red is quite appropriate. Love. Passion. Caring for the world around you. You definitely bring it every damn day. We wish you safe travels as you set out to make a difference in numerous lives. It’s always about so much more than running. xo
::/Red/:: It takes Strength to do what you Love
In nine days I leave for my 5th VOSH mission to the island of Dominica. VOSH stands for Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. In a week-long trip, our team of 28 will do approximately 1500 eye examinations, dispense about 2500 pairs of glasses and refer around 200 people for medical conditions like diabetes and glaucoma.
Each time I go on the trip, it is an eye opening experience! Something as simple as a pair of reading glasses can change a person’s life! Someone who could no longer work, can once again see to do their job and provide for their family! Simple education about the need to take diabetic meds every day can save vision or maybe even someone’s life!
All of that aside, the most rewarding part of the trip is what I learn from the amazing people of Dominica. Their simple lifestyle, enthusiasm for life, overwhelming love of others and true appreciation for each day and what they have been given from God never fail to remind me of what is truly important in life.
The trip is a huge financial and time commitment. Eleven days away from my boys! I usually only go on the trip every other year for these reasons. This is not my usual year to go. The trip leader called me about 2 months ago, begging me to go. The team usually has 8-10 doctors and about 35 members. This year, only 4 doctors are going. I thought on it, prayed about it and decided I would go again this year. It will be a busier and more exhausting mission than normal, but the renewed love of my career, ability to help others and fresh perspective on life make it all worthwhile!
I ask each of you to keep me in your thoughts and prayers for safe travel and a successful mission. Also, if anyone feels inclined to donate to VOSH for the trip (it’s a 501(c)3 charity), message me and I will get you the necessary forms (it’s old school-no online donations, only snail mail!)