I met 5 members of HEART Team One this morning in front of the Medical Center. I was so excited that we were finally able to get this off the ground; a daunting, but amazing mission.
As an extra show of support, I proudly presented the Team with a small gift: two disposable cameras. I know, I know, they're not digital; I was trying to be practical given some of the security issues in Haiti. Got a friendly chuckle and smirk from Fritz...he graciously accepted them - but he brought his own technology - however, I know that when the time comes, "someone" will be happy to have those cameras; especially if their high tech batteries run out. Besides, once the film is developed we can perform a "technology transfer" if you will, and bring the photos into the 21st Century digital world.
The Team chatted a bit, then everyone who wanted, grabbed what will most likely be their last Starbucks coffee for about a week.
As it neared departure time, we stepped outside to begin documenting the mission. I took a few group photos - they are posted on this site.
As the Team began boarding the NYU van (driven by one of our security officers, Pedro Perez) that was to transport them to Westchester Airport, I was suddenly struck with an unexpected flash of emotion - I thought, "we really are going to help make a difference." I bid a misty farewell and extended my best wishes to our wonderful medical Team!
There were many people in our Medical Center that made this send off possible: This truly was a united effort by so, so many! Thank you all!!!