Making a Difference

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This poem is taken from the Niemann Pick Newsletter, January 1996. It serves as a reminder that everyone's effort, no matter how small, helps. Niemann Pick disease is one of several lysosomal storage diseases for which no satisfactory treatment has yet been discovered.

As the old man walked along the beach at dawn, he noticed a young woman ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Finally catching up with the woman, he asked her why she was doing this. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until morning.

'But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,' he said. 'How can your efforts make any difference?'

The young woman looked at the starfish in her hand and then threw it to safety into the waves. 'It makes a difference to this one!' she said.

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Source: Gauchers News September 1996

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