Ten Successful Spine Surgeries!

GREAT news!  Ten Ethiopian kids returned home a few days ago from highly successful spine surgery. Special thanks to the wonderful FOCOS team in Accra, Ghana.

Scott Lacritz, 12, Raises Money for Rick Hodes

Special thanks to Scott Lacritz of Dallas for going above and beyond to support the work of Rick Hodes. This outstanding 12-year-old hosted a garage sale to raise money and awareness for Dr. Hodes’ work with children in Ethiopia. The proceeds will benefit Rick’s current goal, raising money to correct the spines of 16 Ethiopian children. Who says kids can’t make a big difference? Just take a look below!

Great work, Scott! THANK YOU!!

JDC Official Press Release for New Book and Documentary

Rick is the Medical Director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The JDC recently published an official press release about the new book (“This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes) and new documentary (“Making the Crooked Straight”).

“We’re proud to see that Rick’s life saving work – in many ways the epitome of what we do as the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization – has inspired the wonderful book and documentary now available for all to see,” said JDC CEO Steven Schwager. “Rick has made Ethiopia his home and immersed himself, with a full Jewish heart, in a mission to save the world one life at a time.”

Click here to view the full press release.

“This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes” Officially Released

Author Marylin Berger describes her experiences observing Dr. Hodes in action. She was so moved by what she saw that she has adopted one of Rick’s patients, a young boy, as her son.

Click here to visit Marylin Berger’s website.

Click here for a direct link to purchase “This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.”

Watch Marylin Berger discuss the book:

Watch Rick Hodes and Marylin Berger on ABC’s Good Morning America:

HBO Airs “Making the Crooked Straight”

Be sure to catch “Making the Crooked Straight” while it’s On Demand. This wonderful HBO documentary offers an in depth look into work of Rick Hodes in Ethiopia, brought to you by filmmaker Susan Cohn Rockefeller. It can be found On Demand under HBO>Short Films. Read more about the documentary at www.makingthecrookedstraight.com and check out the trailer below:

The documentary has already won a number of awards, including “Best Documentary Short” at the Woods Hole Film Festival (2009) and the “Moving Mountains Prize” at the Mountainfilm Festival at Telluride (2009)

Good Morning America Features Rick Hodes & Marilyn Berger

Rick Hodes appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America earlier this week. He appeared alongside Marilyn Berger, the author of a newly released biographical story of Rick’s work called “This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.”

Click here to learn more about This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.

Rick Hodes Is ABC’s Person of the Week

ABC ran a feature today about Dr. Hodes, honoring him as the ABC Person of the Week.

Click here to watch the video!