Sue Hoese first heard about fistula on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005. She was moved by the program, and soon found herself watching the documentary “A Walk to Beautiful” and brainstorming ways to get involved. As a jewelry maker in her spare time, Sue decided to gather a group of friends to learn more about fistula and make bracelets to send to fistula patients in Ethiopia. By the end of that first summer, she and her friends had made an incredible 1,500 bracelets! Much to her surprise and delight, Sue was able to deliver the bracelets in person as part of an Oprah follow-up show – a truly life-changing experience!
Sue continued to be a passionate advocate for fistula, and her passion soon began inspiring others. Earlier this year, Sue’s husband Kevin shared her story and some information on obstetric fistula with one of his favorite musicians, Natalie Gelman. As an activist and champion of women’s issues, Natalie was inspired and wanted to use her creativity and talent to raise awareness about this too-often hidden condition. Together, the three organized a benefit concert at Sue and Kevin’s home in Minnesota, which raised over $2,000 in support of fistula treatment!
Many thanks to Sue, Kevin and Natalie for their support! Be sure to visit www.nataliegelman.com to listen to Natalie’s new album and find out when she is coming to a city near you.