I have always spotted the "Be Kind" stickers on cars, water bottles, and items throughout Tucson. I was walking along 4th Avenue for the street fair, and saw the "Be Kind" booth, so I stopped by. I wanted to learn more about this organization and the mission of Ben's Bells so I asked the volunteer and was so touched by the story. As luck would have it, I ended up finding a Ben's Bell later that same day after a late night study session at the University of Arizona College of Medicine (UACOM).
What touched me the most about the story was how acts of kindness can do so much for people, especially during some of the hardest moments of their lives. Having dealt with the loss of family members and friends in high school, the mission of spreading and performing acts of kindness really resonated with me. My family has also had bad luck with medical problems over the years. My grandmother had been in and out of the hospital and several members of my family have struggled with battling cancer. The kindness and empathy the nurses and doctors have shown my family over the years greatly influenced my pursuit of a medical career. I am currently a medical student at the UACOM and excited to see what the future holds.
The interesting coincidence is that after learning about Ben's Bells' mission today, I went to the UACOM to study. After a long study session, I was walking to my car and spotted something hanging in a tree. To my surprise it was a Ben's Bell! I am excited to keep it my Ben's Bell as a reminder of this special day, and hope that I can continue be an example and share kindness as a future physician.