I marvel at how often Americans rally around to aid people when disaster strikes. It seems when the Red Cross puts out a plea for help, people respond. Such was the case when it came to the January 12, 2010
earthquake in Haiti. Hundreds upon hundreds of volunteers left the comfort of their homes to help those in crisis.
In the May 2010 AARP Bulletin Magazine, I read a story entitled, Delivering Hope. It was written by Cynthia Ramnarace.
She tells the story of Martin Gorbien. He heads the geriatric division at Rush University in Chicago. It came as no surprise that he was concerned about the plight of the elderly people.
The memory of Hurricane Katrina flashed in his mind in regards to the lack of proper care in treating the elderly. He didn’t want that to be the case here. In mid-March he spent 10 days in the Port-au-Prince region administering to the needs of the elderly in hospitals, nursing homes and the tent cities.
Says Gorbien, “I like taking chaos and turning it into tranquility”. What a perspective on life that is. I admire him for that.
It is his goal to return to Haiti armed with more much-needed supplies, a caring and compassionate attitude framed by a servant’s endearing smile.
And because of this, I recognize Martin Gorbien as today’s American hero. His is an act of caring for the sometimes forgotten portion of the world’s population. He chose to make a positive difference. Bless you Martin, bless you.
May 2010 AARP Bulletin Magazine, PAGE 28, 40