During the period that turned out to be the final months of our mother's life, she looked beyond her struggle with debilitating illness to think of helping others. She wanted to leave a legacy for people like her who were in need of medical assistance.
Her entire team of doctors were extraordinary. With special gratitude toward her eye surgeon, David Verity, our mother decided that her legacy would be a fund established in her name to support the work of the remarkable charitable organization to which he had introduced her, the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group.
The St John Eye Hospital Group is the only charitable provider of eye care for a large population in East Jerusalem. Its services are available to all, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or ability to pay. It is also the main training facility for local doctors and nurses who want to specialize in ophthalmology and brings ophthalmologists and nurses together from around the world and across political boundaries, raising standards and building trust.
A gift from our mother established the Rochelle Bass Fund. Contributions help:
- train ophthalmologists from Israel/Palestine in the U.K. or U.S.
- bring renowned specialists to teach in Jerusalem; and
- cover post-graduate training costs at the hospital.
As a personal challenge to both honour my mum and raise money for St John Eye Hospital, I will be swimming 66 miles (she was 66 years old when she passed away) of open water swimming over the next 12 months. So far the schedule is as follows:
June 30th: Lake Waccabuc, NY - 8 km
July 22nd - 28th: Lefkada, Greece (Ocean swimming) - 25 km
Then who knows...
However you want to donate is fine with me. If you want to sponsor per mile, per swim or gift regardless. I'll update this page with progress
We miss you all the time. Your boys xxx