Humanity First USA Program Director Runs in Southern California Half Marathon for Gift of Sight
Orange County ophthalmologist raises funds and awareness for annual Gift of Sight eye clinic in Guatemala.
Ophthalmologist and Humanity First USA program director Dr. Ahsan Khan completed the California Half Marathon in two hours and 10 minutes in Irvine on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Not only is he the Gift of Sight program director and lead surgeon during the annual eye clinics, but Dr. Khan is also an avid runner who has taken part in three prior half marathons and the 2010 Los Angeles Marathon. Since his return from Guatemala last year, Dr. Khan has been preparing for the Southern California Half Marathon and raising awareness and funds for Gift of Sight.
Humanity First USA’s Gift of Sight program serves to provide basic eye care to those in need around the world. The team of medical professionals and volunteers returned from their second successful annual eye clinic in Guatemala at the end of October 2011, where hundreds of patients received free full eye exams and thirty sight-restoring cataract surgeries were performed.
"A $100 donation covers the cost of cataract surgery, so my hope is running 13.1 miles can raise enough to help restore sight to twenty people," says Dr. Khan. He raised over $1300 prior to crossing the finish line, and he hopes to keep fundraising to achieve his goal.
To support Dr. Ahsan Khan’s efforts, please visit his fundraising page.
To learn more about Humanity First’s Gift of Sight team, please visit the official blog.
Humanity First is registered in 41 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.