During my surgical internship five years ago, I met Carl Thompson, a pancreatic cancer patient, with 3-6 months to live. Reclining against his pillow, with his IV running in only normal saline because chemotherapy couldn’t stop the cancer, Carl asked me, “Look, Dr. McCullough, I don’t have long left. So how can I help others, in a big way, even if it means risking my life? For me, risking my life isn’t as big a deal as it is for you. I always wanted to leave a mark before I go.”
Help people. Help a lot of people.
How can I do this?
I had no answer.
But the notion struck me, and got me thinking.
-Dr. Michael McCullough