dr martens vegan 1460 boot Larry Lewis honored for 22 years with Mercy Clinic
Senators, doctors, McAlester’s mayor and the Oklahoma governor all offered words of praise Thursday night for Dr. Larry Lewis and his work with the Mercy Clinic.
The event honored Lewis and his group of dedicated volunteers for their work in serving those without healthcare during the last 22 years. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Gov. Mary Fallin and more offered their praise of Lewis either in person, or through video or written words of commendation.
“I am reminded of how often we see a bad situation and we say. ‘Why doesn’t somebody do something?'” Harrison said. “Dr. Lewis did something.”
It is estimated the Mercy Clinic served more than 68,000 people from southeast Oklahoma in its 22 years. The clinic was created to help the poor and those having difficulty accessing adequate healthcare services.
Sen. Larry Boggs gave a brief message of gratitude for Dr. Lewis before reading a letter written by Fallin.
“I would like to express my most sincere appreciation,” Fallin wrote. “On behalf of the state of Oklahoma thank you for your dedication and your service.”
Lewis displayed humility in the midst of such high
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Dr. Larry Lewis addresses the crowd at a celebration held in his honor on Thursday night at The Grand Event Center.
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praise. When Lewis addressed the crowd, all credit went to God. Lewis quoted Matthew Chapter 25 as the reason behind his service and dedication to the underprivileged.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” Lewis read.
Lewis also said the clinic was fortunate to benefit from so many volunteers. Donations of food were also cherished and Lewis joked “I haven’t had a home cooked meal on Wednesday nights in 22 years.”
Lewis was taken aback by the amount of support he was offered through the course of the night.
“It was really overwhelming and people put in a lot of work,” Lewis said.
The clinic is now merging with McAlester Regional Health Center so the hospital can continue the clinic’s tradition of offering healthcare to those in need.
“It will never change,” said David Keith, chief executive officer at Mc Alester Regional Health Center. “It’s always about the poor and the vulnerable.”
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