What does it mean to get involved? Why should I care? Over the years, Love Without Reason's team has learned that the answers to those are different and personal. No matter how you choose to get involved, Susan and Santhosh know that life on the receiving end is changed forever. They are often invited to speak and continually work to help figure out how to help one more person receive the needed surgery.
They had been invited to speak at the morning leadership meeting of a local nonprofit that served young people in the public school system. The busy CEO wiped the tears from her eyes and grabbed their hands. "Thank you so much for sharing your story of Philip with my team. Sometimes we wonder if anything we are doing is effective for our community. Philip's story gives us hope."
Disappointed that she did not have time to actually volunteer for a medical camp, the CEO was thrilled to find out that she could donate for someone else to go. That day she got involved through her generous gift that completely covered one volunteer's cost in a one-week medical camp.
Zimbabwe's Love Without Reason team was just as enthusiastic after the successful cleft palate repair as Adolf and Modelyn. They had saved and paid for their son Myles' cleft lip repair, but a palate repair had not been within their reach, until they met Love Without Reason. With tears in their eyes, they cared—Promising themselves to be involved in future medical camps.
In 2018 and 2019, during the Zimbabwe medical camps, Adolf and Modelyn opened their home to host the Love Without Reason team members. They didn't have funds to donate, so they lent their only vehicle to help the team cut down on costs.
Adolf and Modelyn spent time during the medical camps volunteering with parents. Parents are terrified and unsure about the surgical process. Through peer volunteers, they hear the personal stories of parents who have had their children undergo surgery.
In 2019, Adolf was saddened to hear of the passing of the founders' own son Philip Mathews. Adolf tearfully promised to continue being involved in Philip's legacy and work 'until the world is cleft free.'
Check out all the ways that you can get involved and show you care! We are excited to have you as part of the Love Without Reason family.