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Donor Spotlight: More than one way to give

Posted By : Leah Breevoort April 17, 2015

American Friends of Magen David Adom is a community of people committed to saving lives in Israel. Some donate funds to sponsor new MDA ambulances. Others offer their skills as AFMDA board members. And still more give their time as overseas volunteers. Each piece of the puzzle is vital in supporting our lifesaving mission in Israel. Here is one of those stories.

“In the summer of 2013 I volunteered in Israel with Magen David Adom, Israel’s national ambulance service. As an overseas volunteer, we rode ambulances 40 hours a week, assisting paramedics with calls ranging from simple hospital transfers to internationally headlined mass casualties. As a future physician, my experience was unparalleled. I received hands-on, on-the-job training that I could not have experienced anywhere else. I responded to an emergency airplane landing. I performed lifesaving CPR. I saw bullet wounds. For any pre-medical student, this was the perfect opportunity to delve into medicine.”

“But aside from the scientific lessons, I learned a lot about Israel’s health care system. I learned about Israel’s medical philosophies; I learned about Israel’s profound respect for humanity. While in training, we were told to treat every patient with respect, with dignity and with care — regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion or any other intersecting identity. It didn’t matter who the human was. What mattered was that they needed our help. It was our duty to save lives — ancillary details did not matter.”

– Leora Lieberman

Magen David Adom’s overseas volunteer program offers individuals the opportunity to be trained as first responders, volunteering for five weeks on an MDA ambulance alongside Israeli paramedics. For more information on how to be an overseas volunteer with Magen David Adom click here.

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