A Letter To My Colleagues
Marize Ibrahim is a physiotherapist and an executive oncology division team member with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). Marize is going on a humanitarian mission to educate Tanzanian physiotherapists and we are supporting her through our Skip the Swag campaign and through the purchase of any oncology course on Embodia.
Purchase any oncology course on Embodia and we will donate 10% to Marize's mission. Click here to view the courses that apply and use the Coupon Code Marize-10. Below is a letter from Marize which further explains her vision and mission.
I accidentally fell into the world of oncology after I completed my Masters in Physiotherapy at McGill University and have been so blessed for such an opportunity.
I am now setting out on a humanitarian mission to Kibosho, Tanzania for 3 weeks.
This mission is one I've always dreamed of doing and finally feel like I have enough experience to give back to a country that perhaps may not have the means to be exposed to oncology rehab that we are fortunate and blessed with here.
The mission to Tanzania is inspired by previous missions where therapists have gone to share their specialized knowledge with the local therapists. We do not provide direct clinical care to patients since this is not a sustainable model.
Our model strives to build the therapists knowledge so they are able to treat patients and not depend on us for treating them for only a short period of time.
Previous therapists have mostly specialized in orthopedics, however my area of expertise in oncology and as a lymphedema therapist is what has drawn the X organization to take me as such skill sets are different and obviously needed not just in Canada but everywhere in this world as cancer rates sadly continue to rise.
As medical advancement in oncology continues to increase, survival rates, both acute and long term sequelae are prevalent anywhere from range of motion impairments, lymphedema risk to amputations and even complete paralysis (from treatment).
Missions like this require a certain amount of money, and I do volunteer my time. I've been blessed with so many friends, family and oncology co-workers who have supported me with very kind donations, but I still need additional funds before my big journey in June.
I honestly have no words to describe how thankful I am to you for supporting me on this journey. I want to extend my most sincere gratitude to you, my colleague, for your generous donation that will have a major impact on helping hundreds of our Tanzanian colleagues and the thousands of patients whom they will ultimately help.