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Darling letter: Our hearts are with our disaster responders

Colleagues:

Please join me in sending our heartfelt prayers and thoughts to our Society members in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and all the areas recently hit by disaster.

We know that their days are now far longer and more filled with tragedy than they should be. While we are always proud of our members, we are especially heartened by those who toil tirelessly in times of emergency, whether it has been in recent weeks, on the battlefield or in previous disasters.

We are deeply grateful for the devotion of these members to our mission to save lives and limbs. It seems these extraordinary events are all too frequent and that our expertise in trauma is too often called upon. But knowing how expertly our surgeons can bring patients back to health helps us all to understand the heart and soul of our profession in a special way.

Sincerely,

Dr. R. Clement Darling III, President
Society for Vascular Surgery

P.S. A special disaster relief fund to support vascular patients and caregivers affected by recent disasters is currently under consideration.