I became involved with PATS this summer after speaking to my friend and PATS volunteer Jialan Wang. When I heard the mission of its project and its incredible accomplishments in just three years, I knew I had to find a way to contribute to PATS. We have added four new volunteers to the PATS team based in the Boston area in August and September. Since 2007, PATS has grown to support 45 HIV-positive children in four communities in Anhui and Henan provinces of Central China. There are six full-time paid staff in China, five supporting doctors and almost 30 volunteers in Boston, New York, LA and St. Louis.
Volunteers braved transportation issues and threats of swine flu on their first visit to Fuyang but persevered in the face of difficulty. Volunteer Kristin Johnson designed an assessment tool to track the adherence and health of each child per visit, and spent one month this summer implementing an Electronic Medical Records system for the PATS kids. Funding for PATS provides regular visits from community health workers to that will ensure treatment adherence and reduce children's stress about their disease.
Please consider donating in these last few days of our fundraiser. Your contribution will help our organization reach more and more children whose health and emotional well-being are improved through our efforts. We appreciate your support and encourage you to persevere to make a difference. Perseverance is exemplified through the tireless work of volunteers and staff and through the children who will face great challenges every day of their lives. As a newcomer, perseverance is the word that best expresses to me what PATS is all about.
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