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David Archuleta travels to India for World Leprosy Day

27 January 2011



Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae which mainly affects the skin, peripheral nerves, upper respiratory tract and the eyes. It is curable and treatment provided in the early stages averts disability. India accounts for the highest cases of leprosy, followed by Brazil and Indonesia, according to the Times of India.

January 31 is World Leprosy Day, and David Archuleta is flying to India to celebrate with Rising Star Outreach. He will spend several days there volunteering with RSO. He will ride with a Mobile Medical Unit to a leprosy colony and assist the doctors with their work. He’ll meet each of the patients and touch them, not only with his music, but literally, as well. He will be able to see the progress of the micro-businesses and talk with the business owners, giving encouragement and support…

David will be inaugurating the Pathway of Hope, cutting the ribbon, and walking the path! Archuleta fans worldwide have helped raise over $40,000 for several projects on the property of Rising Star Outreach, including the Pathway of Hope, a granite lined pathway created with motivational inscriptions from fans.

Thanks to Angels for a Cause for this news and information.

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  • Katheryn | 1 | 1st February 2011 at 8:04 pm |

    It’s nearly unfathomable that a disease so easily treatable is so prevalent in certain parts of the world today. There is an article in The Seattle Times about Bill Gate’s big push to eradicate polio once and for all. Just when the world thinks it has quashed a disease, it can flare up again. The efforts of David and everyone involved with Rising Star Outreach will help bring much needed awareness so that hopefully one day leprosy too can be banished.