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Disaster Relief Effort Spotlight: Dr. Thomas G. Collins


Dr. Thomas G. Collins
Donor: Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands Disaster Relief Effort

First, I and others at Life University express our most sincere gratitude to you for generously donating to aid in the relief efforts for those devastated by the horrendous hurricanes of last year. Can you take us back and share some of the thoughts that were going through your mind during these natural disasters and why you decided to give to the relief effort?
Well, I just thought that for you guys to take the time to go down there and help chiropractically in those areas which have been just devastated … I was pretty impressed by that. I just thought if there’s a little something I can do to help out, I would like to do it.

How did you hear of Life University’s campaign to help raise money for those affected in the regions struck by these natural disasters, and what did you think of the idea that LIFE was taking the lead to help chiropractors in these regions?
I listened to Dr. [Guy] Riekeman talk about it at Cal Jam this year.

Do you know anyone who was personally affected by the hurricanes? If so, how were they affected, and can you share how LIFE’s relief efforts helped them?
I don’t know anybody personally, but we have a large Puerto Rican community here, and I do have a number of patients that are from there.

What is your relationship with Life University? Are you an alumnus/alumna or a friend of the school?
I went to Palmer and graduated in 1994. My cousin graduated from LIFE in the mid-80s. He always talked about how much he liked LIFE. My brother-in-law also graduated from LIFE in maybe 2000. I just really liked the school and had been down there for a few seminars while I was in school and got to meet Dr. Sid [Williams]. That was really great! I just really love the philosophy that you have at LIFE. I know that Dr. Riekeman was associated with Palmer for awhile. I got more into the philosophy side of Chiropractic and helping people improve their lives through Chiropractic. I think that LIFE is a personification of that philosophy, and I really do appreciate that you are there. When I refer people to chiropractic colleges, I tell them to go down there to LIFE. I look for LIFE doctors when I refer people to different areas. My son is going to want to be a chiropractor eventually, so I would recommend LIFE for him.

In helping the chiropractors affected, you also helped the chiropractic profession as a whole. Why is it important to you to continue to support vitalistic Chiropractic?
It’s important that those people who were under so much stress who live in Puerto Rico that they are treated chiropractically to make sure that there subluxations are adjusted due to the hard work and stress they are enduring. I think that’s an area that can definitely use the help right now. It’s not much to do, but it’s an opportunity to do something.

One of our mottos at Life University is Lasting Purpose, which is To Give, To Do, To Love, To Serve – Out of a Sense of Abundance. If you have heard of that or if you are hearing it for the first time, what are your thoughts on that mindset of giving without the expectation of getting anything back in return?
I think that’s a great motto! I don’t know what a better motto would be for a chiropractor. You’ll find most chiropractors, when they are caring for their patients, it’s through love and through giving; it’s helping and knowing that person is going to live a healthier, happier life. Not just them, but them, but the people around them also. Again, that’s one of the things I really like about LIFE. All chiropractors should live by that same motto.

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