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The Yucatan Crippled Children's Project is in vital need of financial contributions to continue to provide care for these children. Equipment, medical supplies, and travel costs are substantial, and the program must rely on the generosity of individual and corporate gifts.

Dr. Southerland was asked how he copes with caring for these children -- many so profoundly deformed that he may not be able to help. In reply, he recounted a story he had heard a long time ago:

The tides wash up thousands of starfish on the shore, where they will dry out and die. An old man, walking along the sand, is picking up newly beached starfish and throwing them back in. Someone asked him, "Why are you doing that? It doesn't make a difference. More starfish will be washed up to die with the next tide." The old man picks up a starfish, throws it back, and says, "It made a difference to that one."

You can help Dr. Southerland make a difference in the lives of these crippled children.