11 Heart Patients to Mumbai

On Sunday night, Oct 24th, we sent 11 patients to Mumbai, India for heart surgery and procedures (pictured below). Click here to read their stories. Please support the cause by donating today. Together we can change these young people’s lives.

Akewak Returns Home After Surgery!

Akewak, a 14-year-old Ethiopian boy, came to Dr. Rick earlier this year
with a bad back. Exam and studies showed that he had VACTERL syndrome,
with heart, limb, and spine problems. Most seriously, Rick discovered
that Akewak had terribly botched heart surgery seven years before. Akewak
had a  PDA, a blood vessel which normally closes at birth but which
did not in his case. Instead, his pulmonary artery was accidentally
cut. This was discovered during his spine exam! Without treatment, it
would likely lead to his early death.

After consultation with the top pediatric cardiologists in the USA,
Akewak was sent to Denver where he was operated at Denver Children’s
Hospital. With great generosity, all doctors and the hospital worked
for free, and this week Akewak returned to Ethiopia with a new
pulmonary artery and a strong back.

We are extremely grateful for the kindness of thepeople of Denver towards Akewak.

In a related story: Akewak recently made the first donation to the Dinner of Unconditional Love, an event in January 2011 that will support Dr. Hodes’ work in Ethiopia.


Akewak with Dr. Steve Berman, former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Kim Schneider Malek, his host mom and host sister.



All smiles: Akewak and Dr. Hodes


Dr. Hodes Wins Humanitarian Award

On October 14, 2010, Dr. Hodes was awarded the Humanitarian Award of the University
of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. This award recognizes
“graduates of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and
Dentistry who have contributed to the betterment of the world by their
selfless alleviation of suffering among those in need, bringing honor
to themselves and the University.”


Dr. Hodes smiles with the award.



Dr. Hodes accepts a bouquet of flowers from Miss Rochester, 2000.


Rick Hodes on NPR

Dr. Rick Hodes was featured this past Saturday on a National Public Radio (NPR) piece titled “Humpbacked Children Have A Hero In Ethiopia.” In his four minute interview, Dr. Hodes explains how he started working in Ethiopia and tells some interesting stories.

Click here to listen to Dr. Hodes on NPR.

Akewak’s Donation


Akewak gives Dr. Hodes an $18 donation.


Our first donation for “A Dinner of Unconditional Love”: $18 from Akewak
Behailu, from his lemonade stand profits.

Akewak came to Denver in May and had both heart and spine surgery,
donated by Children’s Hospital in Denver.

Thanks, Akewak!

“A Dinner of Unconditional Love” Kickoff Event


Dr. Hodes with Dr. Stephen Berman and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter at the kickoff event


“A Dinner of Unconditional Love” is an upcoming event honoring the work of Dr. Rick Hodes. Above, Dr. Hodes poses with Colorado governor Bill Ritter, who is the honorary chair of the dinner. As covered in the Denver Daily News:

“Dr. Stephen Berman, left, Dr. Rick Hodes, center, and Gov. Bill Ritter were at Strings Restaurant, 1700 Humboldt St., yesterday for the kickoff event for “A Dinner of Unconditional Love,” which will take place Jan. 13, 2011. The dinner will honor Hodes, known by some as “the Jewish Mother Teresa.” He is a rare person who has devoted his personal and professional life to serving Ethiopia’s poor and sick. As part of Hodes’ 20-year service with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Hodes sees patients of all religions and ethnicities at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Hodes treats people suffering with heart disease, scoliosis and tuberculosis of the spine, and cancer. The dinner on Jan. 13, 2011, aims to raise $500,000 to enable Hodes to continue his holy work in Ethiopia. All of the funds (after the cost of the event) will be allocated to JDC’s medical work in Ethiopia, to enable the continuation of these life-saving medical treatments and to sustain Hodes’ work in Ethiopia. The dinner takes place from 6-9 p.m. at the Denver Downtown Sheraton’s grand ballroom, 1550 Court Place. You can take part in this dinner for a great cause, but you must register in advance. Click here to register and to find out more information.

Click here to read the full article.

Huge Fund Raising Event for Dr. Hodes!

Thursday, Jan 13 2011 @ 6pm

Sheraton Hotel – Denver, CO

On January 13th 2011, A Dinner of Unconditional Love will honor the work of a rare human being, Dr. Rick Hodes. Over the past 20 years, through the support of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Dr. Hodes has devoted his personal and professional life to serving Ethiopia’s poor and sick. The purpose of the event is to honor Dr. Hodes’ work, and also to raise funds and awareness for his causes. The goal of the event is to raise $500,000 to help Dr. Hodes treat cancer, heart, and spine patients in Ethiopia.

Funding Opportunities:

$100,000 Event Sponsor
$50,000 Presenting Sponsor
$25,000 Co-Presenting Sponsor

Table Sponsorships:

$2,500 = Fully treats 2 patients with Hodgkin’s disease using medicines from India
$5,000 = Valve replacement surgery for patients with Rheumatic Heart Disease
$12,000 = Spine surgery in Ghana by international volunteer medical teams

Take a look at the official website: www.adinnerofunconditionallove.com