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Mary Lightfine, a nurse, pilot and a self-professed adrenaline junkie, will share stories of her efforts to aid people all over the world as part of the Lakeland College Lecture Series on Feb. 26.
Lightfine, the founder and president of Volunteers Without Boundaries and a professional with the Nobel Prize winning organization Doctors Without Borders, will speak at Lakeland beginning at 11 a.m. in the Bradley Auditorium. Her address is free and open to the public.
Can one person possibly make a difference in a world filled with chaos? Lightfine thinks so. After working 16 years in emergency rooms throughout the U.S., Lightfine packed her bags and moved from New Straitsville, Ohio, to Mogadishu, Somalia.
This decision gave her a chance to feel what war, starvation and desperation was like from a completely different perspective that changed her life forever. During the past 12 years, she has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries, including some of the most hellish spots on earth.
She was ambushed and shot at in Somalia, delivered babies in the jungles of Sri Lanka, and traveled by jeep, foot and donkey in perilous Afghani Mountains full of land mines to help isolated inhabitants. She has brought food to remote villages by helicopter in Nicaragua and Louisiana after the hurricanes and to starving refugees in South Sudan following the destruction of their villages by government alliances.
She was one of the first to provide medical aid to Kosovar refugees who had experienced unthinkable horrors. She has been seen in LIFE Magazine, The History Channel and on countless news headlines, as well as national and international television.
Lightfine recently published a fascinating true story entitled "Nurses, Nomads, and Warlords" about her extraordinary experience as an international health specialist outside the hospital setting. She donates a portion proceeds from book sales to non-profit charities. For more information, visit www.nursesnomadsandwarlords.com .