Saturday, July 19, 2008

Why don't we hear more about surgeon Bill Frist

Most people don't know former Tennessee Republican Senator Bill Frist is an outstanding surgeon who for many years has gone to some of the poorest parts of Africa to provide medical care to those who'd otherwise be without it.

I'm on Frist's email list. I think many of you will be interested to learn what he's doing now so I'm sharing his latest email with you. It's a shame Frist's lifesaving work doesn't get 1/10th the attention Al Gore's speechifying and Jesse Jackson's odious whispers get.

Here's Bill Frist - - -

For the next ten days, I will be traveling throughout Mozambique and then into Rwanda visiting the worksites of great, lifesaving work being done by various groups with whom I hold a leadership role. These include Africare, Save the Children, the MCC, The ONE Campaign, Samaritan’s Purse, and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project.

Yesterday, I flew from Arusha, Tanzania into Chimoio, Mozambique to observe a housing project, Project COPE, in Vanduzi town, where over 30 houses had been built largely for widows and orphans, those who had been left behind after their spouses and parents had died of HIV/AIDS.

One young widow with whom we met was a mother of three. She cried with joy at the newfound dignity she held from owning her new home. After living in a terrible, cramped hut with her young family, she was overwhelmed with their new life. Her four year old began to cry as well because his mother was so happy.

Africare not only is leading in the building of good, modern homes from local materials, but they also support a Community Care Committee who provides food, mentoring, education, and guidance for those in need. There was also a hospital in this community supported by Africare, training indigenous volunteers to teach the community about nutrition.

Africare and others with whom I will be visiting are leaving a lasting footprint on thriving communities in Africa.

I’m excited to have the opportunity to share these stories.

Please go to for a daily update complete with anecdotes, observations, and photographs to learn more about the good stories of Africa.

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Bill Frist, MD

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Anonymous said...

There is only one reason why we don't hear anything good about Bill Frist. He's a Republican. If he were a Democrat, and was doing good things (work with me here--let's pretend some Democrats actually live up to what they preach), you'd be reading about it 'til Hell froze over. Every time Jimmy Carter raises his hammer to help build a home for the needy, it gets publicized.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

Tarheel Hawkeye is correct in his assessment. One reads and hears about Democrats giving an good works (Bill and Melinda Gates come readily to mind)but nothing about Republicans. Neither party has a monopoly in this area however if one were to ask the general public which party was more generous the answer would be the Democrats because of the publicity that they engender. However, one should not engage in corporal works of mercy because of the attendant publicity (which is what I believe drives quite a bit of the activities of the liberal Hollywood elite - why else would there publicist be there promoting their efforts) but because it is the right thing to do as a human. Frist is an example of someone who believes in and lives the Christian message (as do those doctors and nurses who are with him). Thankfully, the many Americans who engage (either through monetary contributions large and small or through sweat efforts) in charitable work of all sorts are not concerned with a pat on the back or publicity for their efforts. For them the satisfaction of helping another fellow human is thanks in and of itself...."to whom much is given, much is expected".