Bryan Students Support Preemptive Love Group

Thursday, October 18, 2012

His personal experience with a congenital heart defect has prompted John Youngblood to try to help provide lifesaving surgery for Iraqi children facing challenges such as he did. 

Mr. Youngblood, a Bryan College senior psychology major from Matthews, N.C., recently met Jeremy Courtney, founder and executive director of Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC), an organization whose mission is to provide “lifesaving heart surgeries for Iraqi children in pursuit of peace between communities at odds.”

In conversations with Mr. Courtney, Mr. Youngblood learned that PLC was begun in Iraq to provide medical care for children born with serious heart conditions. “PLC decided to train doctors to go to Iraq and provide the lifesaving surgery there,” he said. “It costs about $690 per patient to provide that surgery.” 

Bryan’s director of faith and mission, Ben Norquist, approached Mr. Youngblood about heading the project “because he knew about my background,” Mr. Youngblood said. Mr. Youngblood was born with a heart defect, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition that must be treated by surgery and medication.

“Coming from that background, when Ben came to me and asked about partnering with PLC, I agreed,” Mr. Youngblood said. “We’re trying to raise $2,000 to provide surgeries for three children. If we raise more, we can help more children. PLC will make it possible for us to meet the children we help after their surgery by video.”

Student-led efforts to collect money on campus began Monday and a number of fund-raising activities are being considered.

For more information, contact the Preemptive Love Coalition.

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