WATERBURY, Vt., Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Second Suns, by the late David Relin, co-author of best-selling Three Cups of Tea, will be released on September 20, in a new paperback edition, featuring a foreword by Paul Farmer (Partners in Health) and a new afterword by protagonist and co-founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project, Dr. Geoffrey Tabin.
"Reading Second Suns, it's impossible not to feel that the work of Drs. Ruit and Tabin—giving back sight to tens of thousands of the needlessly blind with their innovative surgeries—is among the most important work being done by anyone, anywhere on our planet. Seeing that this new edition of Second Suns gets into the hands of readers everywhere is one way we, as the publisher, are helping to support the Himalayan Cataract Project's far-reaching initiatives to eradicate preventable blindness. But we wanted to do more, hence our deciding to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of our new edition of the book. I can't wait for readers to discover for themselves these modern day miracle workers!" - Matthew Lore, Publisher
"People often tell me of their doubts about humanitarian aid, and it's true that helping people is always harder than it looks. But sometimes it's almost miraculous; a $25 surgery… to restore a person's sight!" -Nicholas Kristof, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Master storyteller Relin, spent four years accompanying Drs. Ruit and Tabin in the remotest areas of our planet, following the two humanitarians in their mission to eradicate preventable and curable blindness worldwide.
The new edition of the book, depicting the lives, struggles and successes of two very different characters, not only is a detailed and heartfelt account of the lives of two - certainly not flawless – men, it also shows how a simple idea can be so powerful that it can systematically change the world "one pair of eyes at a time". "He wanted his writing to have a positive impact on our world", writes Dr. Tabin about the author.
"I am particularly happy that along the way" says Himalayan Cataract Project CEO, Job Heintz, "in our quest to eliminate curable blindness, we have found partners like the publishers who believe in our cause and have shown great support. I hope this book will be an inspiration to many."
About The Himalayan Cataract Project
According to the WHO, over 39 million people worldwide suffer from avoidable blindness – more than half due to cataract. An estimated 75% of these cases could be prevented or cured. In the United States, there is an average of one eye surgeon for every 18,000 people. In many parts of the developing world, there is one eye surgeon for every million people.
The Himalayan Cataract Project, founded in 1995, works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness worldwide providing high quality eye care and education and establishing world class eye care infrastructure in developing countries.
Media Contact: Emily Newick
Himalayan Cataract Project
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