VIDEO: Medical Missions Inspire Shivani Patel To Pursue Career In Optometry
By Kathy Reakes // October 29, 2015
Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Junior Ambassador
ABOVE VIDEO: Shivani Patel is one of those young people who are one in a million. The kind who thinks of others and actually works daily to put a smile or make a difference in someone’s life.
Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Junior Ambassador Awards To Honor Student Humanitarians In Special Gala Nov. 1
Shivani Patel is one of those young people who are one in a million. The kind who thinks of others and actually works daily to put a smile or make a difference in someone’s life.
A recent graduate of the University of Florida, and currently getting ready to attend optometry school, Shivani’s volunteering began when she was invited to attend a mission trip to India by the Doctor’s Goodwill Foundation (DGF).
Once there, her days were spent at the local village hospital assisting doctors and providing care to patients from very low income families.
While there, Shivani was able to watch and work with local ophthalmologists who performed countless cataract surgeries for the underprivileged patients.
“Helping out at the local eye clinic was the first time I became interested in optometry,” she said.
After returning to the states, she was inspired to join a volunteer medical organization at the University of Florida, International Medical Outreach, and was able to visit a small village in the mountains of Peru where once again she fell in love with helping others, especially the children, reading and playing with them after a long day of volunteering.
RIGHT TO FEEL HAPPY
She also volunteered at local Alzheimer’s and pain research clinics in Gainesville, and still spends her time in Tampa volunteering whenever the occasion allows.
“From my experiences volunteering, I have learned to always give back to others because there is always someone that will need your help and that they will appreciate it,” she said.
Shivani also believes it’s a way to help change the future, and that just being able to put a smile on someone’s face makes a difference.
She added that everyone in the world deserves the right to feel happy and be given the same attention as others.
As part of Space Coast Medicine Week, honorees will be honored during a Gala dinner on Nov. 1 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club beginning at 5 p.m. For more information about the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Junior Ambassadors call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111.
SPACE COAST MEDICINE WEEK SET FOR OCT. 31 – NOV. 8
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million in support of charity thanks to the assistance of many generous and giving special people.
Those people, and their spirit of philanthropy, will be recognized and honored on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards, which will be part of the 10-event “Space Coast Medicine Week,” produced annually by Brevard Productions, the event and production sister company of Space Coast Daily Medicine & Active Living magazine.
The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards will be held at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place beginning at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet, followed by the dinner and awards program at 7 p.m.
DGF AMBASSADORS TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:
Dr. Bhavin Patel; Joe and Cindy Hurston; Lisa Cavallero, Sodexo; Dr. Kiran and Gita Modi; Dr. Ramesh Patel; Amar Patel, Brevard Achievement Center; Kyle Smith and Chad Lovitt, Brevard County Manatees; Ronal Morgan; Sean Gregory, Health First; Jonda Erwin; Ginger Davis, Veteran Educator; Drs. Sumant and Snehlata Pandya; Kathy LaPorte, VITAS Healthcare; Liz Mikitarian; Dr. Saravana and Sathi Rajan, Rajan Foundation; Mike Thomas, Florida Pain Institute; Rashmi Shah; Janice Kershaw, Brevard Schools Foundation; Sondra Elizondo, VIDA Volunteers; Robin Fisher and Marta Fiol.
“The entire Doctors Goodwill Foundation board and community feels heartfelt gratitude to the people who contribute their time, resources and compassion to the charitable endeavors that we undertake,” said Dr. Kanti Bhalani, the Founder of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation.
“The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation can only do what it does, thanks to the love and support that it’s friends provide. We feel it is important to recognize people who give of themselves and that is why we created the Doctors Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards.”
COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES
Stay tuned to SpaceCoastDaily.com and Space Coast Daily Medicine & Active Living magazine for extensive multimedia coverage of each and every honoree, as we present their compelling charitable works through stories and special tribute films by Maverick Multimedia, Inc.
Don’t miss the Dec/Jan 2016 special edition of Space Coast Daily Medicine & Active Living magazine for complete multimedia coverage of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards – and all the events of “Space Coast Medicine Week.”
For dinner reservations to the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards call 321-749-1282. For sponsor or exhibitor information, call 321-323-4460 or 321- 615- 8111, or e-mail MaverickMultiMedia@gmail.com