News and Blog

  • Mar23rd

    Support for An International Quadriplegic Student

    Written by Mr.Dev

    Grain of Wheat Inc. is looking for volunteers for a Japanese quadriplegic Santa Monica College student, who injured his spinal cord while he was free style skiing at age 16. We are looking for experienced home care givers who can live in his apartment and help him. If you are interested in, please contact us.

  • Oct27th

    Brain dead Organ Transplant Halts for Eight Months in Japan

    Written by Mr.Dev

    According to Japanese newspaper Sankei, the new statistic revealed that as of Oct. 15, 2009, no brain dead organ transplant has been performed in Japan for eight months, since Feb. 2009, and has created a new concern among patients and supporters. In Japan more than 124 million organ donor ID cards have been distributed Read the rest of this entry »

  • Jan17th

    Wanted Japanese-English Volunteer Interpreters

    Written by Mr.Dev

    Grain of Wheat is looking for Japanese-English volunteer medical interpreters around Torrance, CA area.  If you are interested, please contact us.

  • Aug17th

    Breast Cancer Blog: Thriving and Surviving

    Written by Mr.Dev

    I was born on Oct. 21st, 1954 in Japan.  I’ve  never anticipated I would have a breast cancer, but on 5/7/10, I was told that I had Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma, Estrogen Receptor-negative, Progesterone receptor-negative, HER2 positive. (read more)

  • Jul3rd

    Breast Cancer Blog

    Written by Mr.Dev

    Breast Cancer Blog, “Thriving & Surviving”  was published.

  • May27th

    A Thank You Letter To A Donor Family

    Written by Mr.Dev

    Dear Donor family

    We hope you are all doing well.  It is now May.  A year ago, our son received the marvelous gift from you and he was cured from his heart disease. Because of your decision, he is here.   Thank you so much!

    Since we received that gift, our family has spent time being aware more meaningfully.

    Since last year, my son has been able to do many things.  One of them is that he can go to school and play with friends.

    My son became sick all of sudden at age four.  After then, he repeated hospitalizations and it became too difficult for him to play with friends because he became tired so easily.   During those days his companions were only the family and games.  Such a life drove him to wish to get better strongly, but now he, who received the gift from you, can go to school again!

    After many months of the absence from school, he now can play and study together with his classmates. “It is great!” says he.

    He studies his favorite moth and music putting his hand on his chest and saying, ” Does my heart enjoy with me if I study? Is it happy?”

    Looking at his vivid face every day, we think about you and  become full of  gratitude for you.  Thank you!!

    We, as parents, are so overwhelmed with your decision of the organ donation, which was made in the deep sorrow that is more than we can imagine.

    We’d like to keep sending you our never ending thanks, if you don’t mind.

    We’ll write you soon again.

    Love,

    Recipient’s family

  • May10th

    Volunteering for RAM (Remote Area Medical)LA

    Written by Mr.Dev

    RAM (Remote Area Medical) is a nonprofit organization founded by Stan Brock, who was a popular TV show’s host, in 1985, providing free medical service in remote areas of the world. Besides dropping medical supplies from the air and sending parachuted medical staff into jungles where no doctors, clinics, or even roads exist, now RAM has served low income families who have no health insurance in the U.S. as well.

    Two years ago when his volunteer work was introduced on TV, I was truly fascinated with the fact that he has been providing free medical service – to many people who don’t have access to doctors or medicines – for more than twenty years without compensation, giving up outstanding career, income, and property, and living like a homeless person; he sleeps in an abandoned school without a car or furniture. Learning that his organization, RAM was coming to LA, Grain of Wheat Inc. decided to volunteer for this important event.

    It was May 2nd afternoon, the fifth day of the event in the Sports Arena, an indoor multipurpose facility for sports events such as a basketball, musical concerts, or political assemblies with the capacity of 15,000 people. At 11:30 when I got there, already about twenty general volunteers, who wore white t-shirts with the logo “RAM”, were waiting for direction in the busy arena. There were numerous huge trailers used as exam rooms, about a hundred dental chairs and eye exam equipments placed around long lines of tables for thousands of silver medical tools, and hundreds of black steel chairs that were neatly lined up as if for a ceremony for patients who would wait for their turns. With all those supplies, an instant general clinic including internal medicine, gynecology, dermatology, podiatry, pediatrics, neurology, dentistry, ophthalmology, ear-nose-throat, chiropractor, and even acupuncture was created. Here all staff including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, or IT technicians were serving from 5:30 in the morning just as general volunteers.

    I was assigned to navigate patients at the registration area. Although the line was so long on the first day of the event that many patients could not see doctors even at the 6 PM closing time and had to come back the next day, on the fifth day, maybe because it was Sunday afternoon also, the line was flowing smoothly. Young and old, families with small children, disabled in wheelchairs, and homeless-looking people carrying grocery bags full of clothes… people who were different in skin colors and languages moved to check their vital signs after registration, and then to different exam departments. Everything here, even glasses, crowns, prescriptions, etc. was free. On top of that, three free meals were also delivered to everyone by many carts moving around the arena.

    According to an e-mail after the event from RAM, it saw nearly 6500 patients and provided 16,120 medical services in 7 days. Everything was supported by generous donations and countless volunteers. I was stunned by this magnitude of world-changing contribution and thankful for the opportunity that we could be a part of it, although it was just a half-day volunteering.

  • Feb21st

    Characteristics of a Compassionate Communicator

    Written by Mr.Dev

    Skilled Listening + Effective Speaking + Empathetic Caring= Compassionate Communication

    1)Listening (A powerful Skill for Communication and Caring)

    1. Look at the person speaking to show you are paying attention and respecting he/she as a person (in Western Culture).

    2. Ask questions to clarify or to check your understanding.

    3. Ignore distracting noises, people, or events as much as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Jan22nd

    Sympathy and Empathy

    Written by Mr.Dev

    According to OXFORD ADVANCED LEARNER’S DICTIONARY, sympathy is defined as ”the feeling of being sorry for somebody, showing that you understand and care about somebody’s problems,” or “entering into or sharing the feeling or interests of another.” On the other hand Empathy is defined as ”the ability to understand another person’s feelings, experience, etc.” Read the rest of this entry »

  • Dec12th

    New Year New Activity From ER

    Written by Mr.Dev

    In 2010, Grain of Wheat is going to launch a new volunteer activity to serve local Japanese community in L.A. South Bay area.  We will support Japanese patients and their families from an emergency room.  We’ll sit next to patients/family members and listen to them, run to errands, go grocery shopping,  babysit, and provide medical translation.  Through all those activities, we hope we can share their burdens.

  • Nov18th

    From Recipient Families to Donor Families

    Written by Kathy Baum

    The holiday season is just around the corner this year, again.  One of GOW’s activities in this season is a translation of Christmas cards from the past recipient families to their donor families and to their medical staff. Read the rest of this entry »