Dr. Jane Goodall was in town last week to speak at the UT Arlington Maverick Speaker Series. While in Dallas, she took time out to visit with old friends from MediSend, the Dallas-based nonprofit that she helped found 25 years ago with famed neurosurgeon Dr. Martin Lazar.
MediSend was begun as a small humanitarian nonprofit to ship surplus US medical supplies to poor countries. Today, it is a globally respected educational institute that trains and certifies US Military veterans and indigenous people from the developing world as professional biomedical equipment technicians. The institute has maintained it humanitarian roots, shipping medical equipment to hospitals in developing countries. Dr. Jane Goodall has been there from the ground up, continuing on as a valued member of the MediSend International Advisory Board.
Today, Jane Goodall’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program for young people from preschool through university with nearly 150,000 members in more than 130 countries.
On Saturday, April 2nd, the Lazars hosted a lunch and an early celebration of Dr. Jane Goodall’s 82nd birthday (April 3rd) at their Preston Hollow estate.
Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography