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Dear Friends:

Dr. Robert H. Fish 5101 Cantabria Crest Sarasota, FL 34238-4469

In addition to being the grand-nephew of CMC's founder, Dr. Ida S. Scudder, I am the nephew of Dr. Ida B. Scudder, whose presence in the history of CMC Vellore is also quite significant. I was very privileged to have made my first trip to Vellore in the company of my Aunt Ida B. back in 1988. At the time of this experience, I was so impressed with the CMC campus and its humanitarian efforts that I asked my aunt what I might do to help and which program within the CMC establishment could benefit the most from support, realizing that financially I could commit to only one initiative. For most of her career, Aunt Ida B. continued to go out into the community (to what she described as the “roadside”) to treat the poor who lacked the means to travel to the CMC campus on their own. My aunt mentioned that there was a great need for a separate location where the poorest of the poor could receive medical treatment. And so, she and I embarked upon opening a new primary care facility at the site of the Mary Taber Schell Hospital – the very first hospital founded in 1902 – with the guidance of Dr. Sara Bhattacharji. This historic patient care facility is now known as the “Low Cost Effective Care Unit (LCECU)”. Thirty years later, in August of 2018, I was fortunate enough to have received the wonderful honor of delivering the Ida S. Scudder Humanitarian Oration at the 100th Anniversary of the Vellore Christian Medical College. It was an event at which I chose to use pay tribute not only to my great aunt Ida Sophia Scudder, but also to my beloved aunt, “Ida Belle Scudder”. It is impressive to see how CMC has grown over the years! However, what I have learned from my several return visits to Vellore is that sadly the health concerns of the poorest people remain the same. Many remain unable to travel to the main hospital or even to the LCECU. Thus many patients are now being cared for using LCECU partially-equipped mobile medical vans from which LCECU medical staff attend to the needs of the poor in much the same way as the olden days – stopping along the Roadside. To honor the legacy of my aunt, Dr. Ida B. Scudder, I am pledging $50,000 toward a Matching Gift Campaign to be organized and implemented by the Vellore CMC Foundation in support of the LCECU. My commitment is that I will match every contribution – large or small – throughout this campaign. I am not compelled to specify how the money is to be used, as I will leave that to the experts in Vellore. I have been advised that the campaign will begin in January and continue until April 15th of 2019. I feel certain that our goal of raising $100,000 for the LCECU will be achieved by the many friends of CMC, and I thank you all for your support. Sincerely,

Rob Robert H Fish, DMD