I am a firm believer that if I have it, share it! Whether it be time, money, food, a roof for a wayward friend or animal – whatever it is – if I am plentiful in such things, why should others not be as well? I am fortunate that I can give and because of that, I am able to be thankful daily for what I am lucky enough to have, but I am also distressed and disheartened at what others do not have.
Therefore, I give. I give because I can and I give because I cannot; I cannot do nothing while others struggle. I call this my superhero complex; I feel it is my duty to help people (and animals) who are in need. Luckily, it is very easy to be a superhero: donating a dollar a day to help someone pay for their life-saving medications, volunteering an hour a week feeding people who otherwise would not be able to eat, or spending one day a week giving love and companionship to an animal in a shelter, that is how to be a superhero. It does not take much, but it does take something…giving.
I challenge anyone reading this to be a superhero. Give.
Founder & President
Sink or Swim Philadelphia
Marion Leary, BSN, RN, founded and directs Sink or Swim Philadelphia, a non-profit whose mission is to help people who are uninsured and underinsured pay for medical expenses using social networking and crowd-funding.
Ms. Leary is the assistant director of clinical research for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research, education and clinical care focus on Cardiac Arrest, Therapeutic Hypothermia and post-resuscitation care. Ms. Leary is currently finishing her master’s degree in Nursing at Penn with a focus on Public Health and Health Leadership.
Ms. Leary also volunteers with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Health Nurse and the City’s animal shelter, ACCT.
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