Two Rivers, a World Apart

Two Rivers, a World Apart

by Mel P. Simon, M.D.

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Two Rivers, a World Apart is an autobiography of a young boy who spent most of his life by the banks of two rivers, namely the Pigalo River in his native country, the Philippines, and Ohio River in continental USA, where he took permanent residence and eventual retirement. Both served as the backdrop of the story of a young boy searching for the American dream. Against all odds like his sufferings and difficulties both financially and otherwise, he managed to overcome them through sheer determination and hard work. Above all, he believes that his deep belief and trust in the Almighty has propelled him to higher accomplishments. His boyhood pledge to give back to his community as well as to the poor people in his native country was fulfilled by using as a platform his membership with the oldest and greatest service organization in the world, the Rotary International and Rotary Foundation. Through his affiliations, Operation We Care was born, and he was able to carry out over thirty years of medical/surgical/dental missions in the different islands of the Philippines with his team of surgeons, doctors, nurses, and health-care givers. These are in addition to his unceasing efforts to donate surgical equipment and hospital supplies and construct several deep water wells in villages to curtail gastrointestinal diseases. He also helps in literacy and feeding programs for undernourished schoolchildren.
For his work, he was recognized not only by the Rotary International and Rotary Foundation but also by five previous presidents of the Philippines.
A few establishments were named after him, such as the Dr. Mel P. Simon and Lydia Chemistry Lab at the University of Rio Grande, the surgical ward of the Region One Medical Center in Dagupan, Philippines. He was also nominated for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on May 24, 2010, by the Ohio State governor for establishing the French 500 Free Clinic (a project with five volunteer physicians, nurses, health-care givers to extend help to poor, uninsured, or underinsured patients).

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BN ID: 2940161874486
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Mel P. Simon, MD, is a board-certified urologist, a member of the American Urological Association, American Medical Association, Ohio Medical Association, and Gallia County and Mason County (WV) Medical Societies for over forty years in practice. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and had been the president of various professional and civic organizations.

Although now retired from active practice in urological surgery, he keeps himself busy with his wife, Lydia, attending and operating with the French 500 Free Clinic in Gallipolis, Ohio, along with his retired and active volunteer physicians as well as nurses and other health-care providers. He and his wife Lydia continue their volunteer work for yearly medical missions to the Philippines, which started over thirty years ago.

He and his son Paul operate and manage a 150-acre farm, growing field corn, soy beans, as well as raising Black Angus of over thirty heads and about fifteen horses.

He and his wife Lydia are active members of the Gallipolis Rotary Club and enjoy helping Rotarians from other countries, assisting them in their application for yearly global grants to fund projects for humanitarian initiatives such as medical/surgical missions, water projects, literacy, and feeding programs for undernourished schoolchildren in the Philippines. As past district governor for Rotary District 6690 in Central and Southern Ohio, he feels that he could be of help, along with the essential assistance and partnership with Rotary International and Rotary Foundation and support of several Rotary Clubs from different districts.
Dr. Simon serves as a lector on Sunday Mass at his local church, St. Louis Catholic Church, and he is a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He and Lydia continue to fund the University of Rio Grande University Chemistry Laboratory.
Finally, Dr. and Mrs. Mel P. Simon continue to attend their yearly medical/surgical mission to the Philippines with the support of the local Rotarian Clubs there through the use of the "Heals on Wheels" and continue to speak before different Rotary Clubs both in their District and abroad in support of the Rotary Foundation and its different humanitarian projects.

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