#LiveOnGiveOn Inspiration From Medtronic Foundation's Bakken Invitation
$100 Gift Card Giveaway From Medtronic and Bakken Invitation
We all have something to give, and many times we don't realize this until we're faced with situations that seem insurmountable. Especially, when they're related to our health. Medtronic Foundation recognizes that this can be an extremely trying time, and has made it their mission to recognize and celebrate people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving back to their communities.
The Bakken Invitation award is annually given to patients from the Bakken Invitation Community recognizing extraordinary accomplishment. The program is named after Medtronic Foundation co-founder, Earl Bakken.
The Bakken Invitation promotes access to healthcare and inspires others to give back. The program was designed to highlight how when people have access to quality healthcare, they not only can successfully manage their own health condition, they can use their “extra life” to help others.
These individuals have faced life and death situations head on, and are not serving as inspiration to their communities and the world.
I was particularly inspired by Dr.Thomas Okello.
Dr. Okello is 36, and became a doctor after having a double heart valve replacement. He was diagnosed with severe rheumatic heart disease (RHD) at the age of 16. Growing up in Uganda, this was a common diagnosis. But, it was very rare for people to receive valve replacements as treatment. Dr. Okello was one of the lucky ones to have this option, and he's paid it forward ever since.
His commitment to ensuring people have the opportunity to receive treatment has led him to tirelessly champion good health habits to the citizens he encounters in Uganda. Dr. Okello believes "Treatment is a miracle", and does everything he can to help the citizens afflicted with RHD (Rheumatic Heart Disease) live the best life possible.
I've been blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to have access to quality medical care. But, I know that it can be a luxury we take for granted. My mother wasn't raised with access to quality medical care, and in the long run it contributed to health issues that plague her today.
Dr. Okello's story has inspired me to look for opportunities to volunteer to help those less fortunate have healthy lives. Look for opportunities in your community to help someone live their best lives.
Now here's your chance to win a $100 gift card. Comment on this post with your story about living with a medical device or tell me which one of the honorees inspired you.
*Voting ends on March 18th 2016. One entry per person, per comment. Winner will be selected at random. 2 Chicks and 1 Old Lady is not responsible for prize fulfillment. All winners much be 18 years of age or older by March 18, 2016 and be based in the US.
Good luck & go do something great! You can do it!