2020 has been a year that many of us would soon prefer to forget. Along with all the tragedy, I am reminded that this year also includes two major milestones in my life. July 1, 2020 marks the start of my 20th year as a Grady doctor. And September 7, 2020 marks my 50th year alive--wow!
When asked what I wanted most for this midcentury milestone year, I knew in a heartbeat. Would it be an exotic trip? Would it be some elaborate material thing? Not even close.
Here is my 50th Birthday Dream:
To raise $50,000 for the Grady Health Foundation by the end of September 2020--with fundraising specifically targeting our Grady COVID-19 Response Fund. Given the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on the Black community, this is personal to me. I hope you'll let it be personal to you, too.
Your contribution to this campaign will support Grady’s fight against COVID-19, including direct patient care, medical supplies, testing resources, and staff support. As a physician caring for patients affected by the health and economic impact of this pandemic, I know that the need is tremendous.
You can be assured that, as the only hospital system that turns no one away regardless of ability to pay, these funds will be put to GREAT use. Whether you're an old friend, a colleague, a social media pal, or someone who simply cares about supporting our patients, no amount that you give is too small--nor is any amount too generous. Businesses are welcome to join the party, too!
I know this all sounds crazy. But reaching this goal would be a 50th birthday wish come true. I can think of nothing that would make me happier or no better way for us to rewrite a piece of 2020 together. Won't you help me celebrate?
Whatever the need of the Atlanta community, Grady fulfills it. Everyone knows that Grady saves lives. But for the last 20 years, Grady Hospital has saved MY life, too. I am better for being here, serving here, teaching here, and growing here. Atlanta can't live without Grady. Neither can I.
Thanks in advance for your generosity to help support our patients and for joining in this milestone celebration. This is about to be the biggest and best virtual birthday party ever--don't forget to add your name to the guest list as a donor!
Kimberly D. Manning, MD