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Sue has raised over $1300.00 so far in response to the letter

SUBJECT: A REQUEST FOR HELP - ACUPUNCTURE RELIEF IN HURRICANE AREAS Volunteer Acupuncturists - Sue Pollard says to please use any parts of her letter that you'd like to help you raise your own funds to go to Louisiana!
From Dr. Susan Pollard

Dear Friends and Family,

Over the last 3 weeks I have been working with an up and coming organization called Acupuncturists Without Borders. It has been a dream of Diana Fried, an acupuncturist in New Mexico, to create an organization of acupuncturists that can go to areas of disaster, much like the Red Cross does, to provide acupuncture treatments that have been proven to give great benefit in cases of acute stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many people were treated in NYC using this protocol following 9/11, although it was not under the organized umbrella of Acupuncturists Without Borders since the organization was not created then.

Diana felt compelled to make her dream a reality after the onslaught of hurricane Katrina in the gulf coast. She, and a group of other dedicated people, have been working tirelessly to create a legal not-for-profit organization. It is done, or very close to being complete.

My contribution has been in speaking with and organizing acupuncturists around the country who have offered their services. I am one of those people who has volunteered my time. Therefore, I plan to close my office for a week so I can go help any way I can.

I just found out this morning, after many fits and starts trying to organize logistics, that we have been given the go-ahead to travel to Lafayette, LA to begin treatments. Consequently, I will likely be traveling there the week of October 9 to lend my professional services to the many evacuees, rescue workers, fire and police workers, Red Cross volunteers and the countless others who have experienced the trauma of the hurricanes, or who have worked long hours to help and support the victims. I will likely be working 10 or more hours a day treating at least 10 people an hour. For more information about the organization and the benefits of the treatment you can visit www.acuwithoutborders.com.

I am also writing not only to inform you of my recent activities, but also to ask if you can support our efforts financially. Specifically, I am asking for help in deferring my travel expenses. Airfare looks to be about $500. I can drive there in 15 hours and spend approximately $200 in gas for the round trip. I'd rather save the money and drive. There will also be inoculations, lodging and food for the week. Any donations I receive that surpass my immediate expenses will be forwarded to Acupuncturists Without Borders to further their cause. If you can contribute any amount you can make checks payable to Dr. Susan Pollard and make a note in the memo section that says AWB Donation, and mail them to my home address: XXX, NM .

All the best,

Sue
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