December 16, 2014 was a red-letter day in the history of Health eVillages. It marks the date when many of my colleagues and I proudly witnessed our CEO and Chairman, Donato Tramuto, receive the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award. Along with his co-honorees, Robert De Niro, Tony Bennett, and Hillary Clinton, Donato took the stage and carried with him the accomplishments of Health eVillages’ short—yet significant—three-year tenure.
Calling this a gratifying moment for our organization is an understatement. This was an extraordinary achievement for Donato who has spent his life working to improve global healthcare, and showcased to the world what can be accomplished with dignity, determination, and collaborative IQ. In his speech, Donato explained that “one billion people will go to their graves prematurely because they never had access to a healthcare worker.”
This is a staggering fact which instills both a collective and a personal “why” for all of us at Health eVillages. It is that “why” that continues driving us forward to do everything possible so as to make a significant change in this statistic and help move global healthcare forward.
Robert F. Kennedy once famously said, “Some people see things as they are and say ‘why,’ I dream of things that never were and say ‘why not?’” The recognition of Donato Tramuto’s contributions to the world of healthcare at this event will remain a steadfast declaration that, at Health eVillages, we will continue to dream of things that never were and ask: