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Vote Dr. Bwelle for CNN’s Hero Of The Year!

A while back Dr. Bwelle was nominated as a CNN Hero with a possibility of being selected as one of the top 10 Heroes and potentially even a shot of being voted CNN Hero of the Year. Well, we are very excited to announce that Dr. Bwelle earned a place as one of CNN’s top 10 Heroes and is currently in the running for Hero of the Year!  As one of the top 10, Dr. Bwelle and Ascovime have been awarded $50,000 and if he ends up being chosen as the Hero of the Year he will receive an additional donation of  $250,000. This would be an enormous help for Ascovime which runs on YOUR donations and part of Dr. Bwelle’s humble salary. This is a wonderful opportunity for Ascovime (and Dr. Bwelle) to get the recognition and the support that it needs to deliver free healthcare to rural populations in Cameroon.

Here’s where you can help – the Hero of the Year is chosen by caring individuals like you. All you have to do is go to this site: http://heroes.cnn.com/ and vote for Dr. Bwelle. Better yet, set this webpage as one of your homepages to remind you to vote daily.  You don’t have to sign up for anything and again you can vote every single day(from multiple accounts and from Facebook)! This is a perfect way to give a tiny amount of your time to make a huge difference and it won’t cost a thing so please, take a moment every day to vote for Dr. Bwelle and, if you feel so inclined, tell your friends and family to vote too! Results will be posted as soon as voting ends. Thank you so much!

Ascovime: The Mobile Hospital

For those that aren’t familiar, ASCOVIME is a small, grassroots volunteer organization committed to fighting illiteracy and disease in Cameroon and eventually greater Africa. The mission of Ascovime is simple: provide free medical care and education supplies to marginalized, destitute populations in the rainforests of Africa.

There are two major facets to Ascovime’s efforts: medicine and education.

Medicine

Every Friday during dry season in Cameroon, Ascovime loads up a hired or borrowed van with a team of volunteers and medical supplies, and hits the road. The team heads for some of the poorest and remote villages in the country where people may have never seen a doctor before. They set up a makeshift “hospital” and first provide locals with personal consultations, then prescribe treatments, and even surgeries under primitive conditions – all of this at no charge.

Education

During the fall months, Ascovime again loads up vans with volunteers, but this time with mostly educational supplies and materials.  Books, pencils, chalk, notebooks, backpacks, and anything that can help a teacher or a student to get a better education is distributed for free by Ascovime.  Currently, Ascovime is leading a project to give more children the opportunity of secondary education by providing educational passports required to enter high school.

In 2010, I volunteered in Cameroon with the team and was blown away by the experience.  When I returned to New England, I recognized the need to get the word out about Ascovime’s efforts to the North American public.  I decided to establish Ascovime.org and AscovimeUSA, help those who wanted to volunteer, improve press exposure, and assist with fundraising and logistical efforts.  As one example, check out the NPR story on Dr. Bwelle, the founder of Ascovime. This is an honest, volunteer-only organization where 100% of donations go directly to those in need of medical care or educational supplies.  If you’d like to volunteer, help in any capacity, or make a generous donation, please visit http://ascovime.org/donate.

-Mike

Mike Ursiny is a third-year medical student at the University of Vermont as well as a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Department of Urology. His current research interests include dietary influences on kidney stone formation, healthcare funding decision analysis, and medical device innovation.