Betsy DeVos Pushes Educational Reform

Ever since her younger days, Betsy DeVos has always pursued reform. As a young Calvin College student, Elisabeth Prince actively involved herself in campus politics. She remained active in politics since then. Her political activities for the past 30 years included her being Michigan Republican Party Chairman for six years, joining party organizations and leading various political and social campaigns. Being a reformer is part and parcel of being a member of the Prince family. Her reformist ways didn’t change, it even got stronger when she married businessman and another political activist, Dick DeVos, the former Amway CEO and the nominee for Michigan Governor of the Republican Party.



Together with her husband Dick, Betsy is very active in various philanthropy works that are designed to benefit students in private schools. When asked about the progress of talks for the voucher program for private schools, the first in the United States, Betsy replied in an interview with Philanthropy magazine, that she’s very optimistic. She revealed that there are 33 private-choice programs that are publicly funded, involving around 250,000 in 17 states. The growth of the movement is going faster, she added. She also stated that the program added 40,000 more students in 2013. New programs were added in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida, and Arizona in 2012. She also revealed that they conducted surveys in five states. They discovered that educational choice is growing in popularity, particularly among Latinos.



Dick and Betsy DeVos have always been opting for change in politics as well as in business. They are always in the lookout for fresh and unique answers to social problems. As Windquest Group chairman, Betsy is investing in clean energy, manufacturing and technology. Windquest is a multi-company business that is privately held. She and her husband Dick established this business in 1989. Aside from being the former Amway CEO, Dick is also the Orlando Magic’s former president.



Betsy was also asked by the Philanthropy magazine what got her interested in reform. She replied that it was not really just a single event that led her to being a reformist. It was really gradual, she added. Betsy said that when she and Dick were still kids, they went to Potter’s House Christian School. It seems that a majority of students in this school belongs to low-income families. The school is serving the locals in Grand Rapids. In their school visit, they met the parents of the students and discovered that they were doing all they can to have their children be in a safe school environment where love is present and where the atmosphere for learning is thriving with curiosity.



Betsy is also pursuing reform by involving herself in philanthropic works. Her interest in charity work is very diverse being a member of a number of local and national boards. Betsy’s charitable works are coursed through Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. She is also the Chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.


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Dr. David Samadi: Surgery Over Radiation

A prostate cancer diagnosis is terrifying for anyone, including former Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Thankfully, according to Dr. David Samadi, he made the right decision and chose surgery over radiation. Prostate cancer patients who have surgery instead of just radiation are twice more likely to live compared to those who went with radiation. Additionally, those who chose radiation are 1.5 times less likely to live longer lives than those who chose surgery. Mitt Romney made the announcement that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and he had chosen to take the surgical route for treatment after a successful surgery at UC Irvine Hospital with Dr. Thomas Ahlering.

He is one of the 6 in ten men that are diagnosed with prostate cancer at 65 or older. Mitt Romney also happens to be only one of the 161,360 patients that were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States in 2017. He is also not the only politician that used surgery to treat their prostate cancer. Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, and John Kerry both were diagnosed with prostate cancer and went the surgical route instead of radiation.

Dr. David Samadi discusses with his patients the risks of both options but emphasizes the risks of secondary cancer if the radiation is chosen. If the patient treats the cancer with radiation and the disease spreads outside the prostate the changes of surviving more than 5 years is under 30%. If a patient’s cancer is localized only to the prostate, they have an almost 100% survival rate if they chose surgery.

Dr. David Samadi specializes in treating prostate cancer. He created the SMART method or the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Treatment. Using the da Vinci robotic system, his system allows the surgery to be less invasive with smaller incisions and quicker recovery times. He is currently serving as the Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has been at this hospital since 2013 and brought his entire surgical team from his previous employer, Mt. Sinai Medical Center where he was also the Chief of Robotic Surgery as well as the Vice-Chair or Urology.

The Iranian-born Dr. David Samadi earned his medical degree at Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. After receiving his medical degree in 1994 he went on to have fellowships at Montefiore Medical School, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil.