Mercy Ships Surgeon and family honored with award

13 December 2018

Every day, George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light organization presents the Daily Point of Light Award to people who spark change and improve the world. We’re pleased to announce that longtime Mercy Ships volunteers Gary and Susan Parker and their children, Carys and Wesley, have received the award today for their decades of service on our hospital ship. This honor is especially significant today, as we join millions in celebrating the life and legacy of President Bush, who established this award nearly 30 years ago. Thank you for helping to shine a light on the Parker family’s service with Mercy Ships.

“We are honored and humbled to accept the Daily Points of Light Award”, said Dr Gary Parker. “And we do so on behalf of all of the Mercy Ships volunteer doctors, nurses, administrators, staff and crew from more than 40 countries around the globe who are helping to address the global surgical shortage — a health crisis plaguing more than 5 billion people.

Our family is proud to be part of Mercy Ships, an organization transforming lives and extending dignity to thousands of people from the poorest corners of the world. Today, we’re especially moved by this recognition as we join the world in celebrating the legacy of President George H.W. Bush, who inspired millions to become points of light in communities around the world.”