In 2005, husband and wife DOs, Kathryn Williamson, DO, and Allen Williamson, DO, were forced to shut their practice doors after enduring damage from Hurricane Ike. They turned to the AOA for help and received it in the form of a check from the Osteopathic Family Relief Fund. Dr. Kathryn Williamson said, “We thought we were just faceless numbers, but they showed us we were really a part of the family.”
Today, more of our osteopathic family members are facing hardships in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. I know first-hand because my own family has been dealing with the effects of the terrible storm, though I’m happy to report that all of the Levines are safe and healthy.
When these disasters happen, it is not only important to help our members repair and rebuild their practices because of their own livelihoods, but also to preserve communities’ access to these DOs. That is the mission of the Osteopathic Family Relief Fund – to ensure that our vital form of care remains available to those who need it most.
If you are in need of help, do not hesitate to apply to the fund. And if you would like to contribute to the fund, I encourage you to do so today. When times are tough, know that you are not alone. The AOA and your entire osteopathic family are here for you.