SPOKANE, Wash. – The Inland Northwest has a chance to help Rwanda by simply buying a movie ticket Wednesday night.
A group of local doctors who make up Healing Hearts Northwest, which offers annual heart surgeries in Rwanda, are hosting a fundraiser at the Bing Crosby Theater. They will show the documentary, “Rising from Ashes” Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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The film follows cycling legend Jock Boyer, the first American to compete in the Tour de France, to Rwanda where he sets out to help a group of genocide survivors set up a national cycling team.
The doctors behind Healing Hearts Northwest said Spokane has a lot to learn from the film.
“It’s a story that crosses a lot of boundaries,” Healing Hearts Northwest team member Dr. Sam Joseph said. “It’s a story about Rwanda, which we have some complicity and feelings of remorse that we didn’t get involved as a nation, and a story about these young guys that are “rising from ashes,” if you will, and coming about with a really wonderful project and improving themselves as they improve the image of the country.”
The film is about second chances, which is precisely what Healing Hearts Northwest gives to the Rwandan patients who receive their surgeries.
“This is a very compelling story,” Healing Hearts Northwest founder Dr. Hal Goldberg said. “It demonstrates the human spirit and I think when one goes to Rwanda and one meets people and one begins to see their strength, internally, what they’ve been able to overcome. What these bikers who compete represent is a much more visible form of the Rwandan human spirit.”
Tickets are available at Tickets West or at the door.