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Dr. Albert Schweitzer — ASF’s namesake — was born on January 14, 1875. Exactly 135 years later, his legacy is alive and well in the Schweitzer Fellows working to address health disparities across the U.S. and in Africa.

In honor of Dr. Schweitzer’s birthday, January 14 is designated as “Albert Schweitzer Reverence for Life Day” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In light of the devastation in Haiti, where Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) is working to provide essential medical care to as many earthquake victims as possible, this “Reverence for Life Day” is a somber one.

But it’s in times like these that the capacity to experience and express what Schweitzer called “Reverence for Life” — an unspeakable awe at the miracle of life, and out of that awe, a sense of personal, moral responsibility to try to help the life around us thrive as we, one of those forms of life ourselves, yearn to thrive — is most needed.

Reverence for Life, Schweitzer said, “demands from all that they should sacrifice a portion of their own lives for others.” Let’s honor Schweitzer’s birthday by doing exactly that.