Why do people choose to contribute their time and resources to Duke Doing Good? The reasons are as varied as the schools, nonprofits and neighborhoods that benefit from these gifts.
David Attarian, M.D.
DG Giving Category: Emergency Relief Fund
Why do you give?
It has been a great way for me to contribute to a bigger cause and to help different projects around the community of Durham.
In the past, I have been giving mainly to school projects either to help children at risk or to provide them meals and places to go after school. I have always felt that some of the highest impact projects or contributions you can make are to our children because they’re our future.
Why do you give specifically to the Emergency Relief Fund?
The new Emergency Relief Fund really strikes a chord with me. In 1992, my wife and I actually lived through a category five storm, Hurricane Andrew. We saw the devastation that brought, in fact, to many of our friends and family.
Hurricanes, like many disasters, are very interesting sorts of experiences; they really attack every bit of health. They attack your physical well-being, your emotional well-being, and your social well-being and the effects can last for weeks, months, and years.
The relief fund in particular, since we’ve just been through Hurricane Florence, is a great way to fulfill the mission that we have here at Duke Health, which is to advance health together, and to have some small way to give back to all of the people who are suffering through the hurricane aftereffects.
What does it mean to you to be a part of Doing Good?
Being part of Doing Good is a way for me to have a positive impact on our community and, at the same time, represent and support the mission and vision of Duke.