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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-09-22

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Dr. Richard Keidan in Nepal

Amazing Efforts

Local doctor honors Miles Levin while
improving life for children in Nepal.

SheIli Liebman Dorfman

Contributing Writer


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September 22 - 2011

r. Richard Keidan's usual idea
of taking a trip is to fly to
Nepal, and then walk for days
to areas with no roads, power, run-
ning water or telephones. As president
and founder of the Miles Levin Nepal
Foundation for Health and Education,
Keidan works to better the lives of
impoverished children, while honoring
Miles, a West Bloomfield resident who
died at age 18 of a rare form of cancer.
A fundraiser will take place to
support Keidan's work at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2, at Mark Ridley's
Comedy Castle in Royal Oak when
magician, comedian and Las Vegas
headliner the Amazing Johnathan
Keidan, a surgical oncologist at
William Beaumont Hospital, began
visiting Nepal in 1983 on sabbatical
to see the Himalayas and now returns
for about three months each year
to implement improvements for the
people of Khotang.
The foundation is currently involved
in construction of toilets in every
home and school in an area of about
1,500 people, building a preschool and
school, sponsoring children's school
costs, creating waste management and
clean drinking water, partnering in a
hydroelectric project as well as con-
ducting a medical initiative.
"The district of Khotang includes
approximately 250,000 people in
approximately 50 villages': Keidan
said. "The [foundation] has partnered
with a Nepalese medical school, Patan
Academy of Health Sciences, in an effort
to improve the public health and health
care delivery in this entire district."
This hope includes helping to train
doctors who will spend their careers
in rural Nepal; creating education
programs for villagers in areas of

nutrition, hygiene, mother-baby care
and immunizations; and integrating
Western medicine with the Nepali tra-
ditional medicine — faith healers.
"These programs will translate into
longer, healthier lives for the people
of Khotang," Keidan said. "Their life
expectancy is currently about 50, in
contrast to 70 in urban areas of Nepal.
"We also hope to open a hostel in
Kathmandu in April 2012 for orphans
and children with disabilities [to
live and be educated]," said Keidan
who lives in West Bloomfield and is
a member of Temple Israel in West

Still Making An Impact
The foundation extends the impact
made by the late Miles Levin, son
of Jon and Dr. Nancy Levin of West
Bloomfield and brother of Nina.
His blog, reflecting honesty and
wit, began in June 2005 on the
CarePages.com website. It eventually
attracted a worldwide readership of
more than 20,000 people. His story
was shared in various publications
and he appeared twice on Anderson

Miles Levin

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