I recently started volunteering with the Eastern Farm Workers association, who give aid to migrant farm workers in Long Island. I first met a member of this group in Sag Harbor, and as I read their material, I was eager to join in and give back.
One extraordinary person I met, is Dr. Ferguson, a family doctor on Fire Island and Islip, who even makes house calls! He volunteers monthly to give medical care to those migrant workers who work from sun up to sundown and still can’t make ends meet, especially in the cold winter months.
I tagged along, camera in hand, while Dr. Ferguson, his wonderful daughter Alexis and volunteer translators and college students did the paperwork and intakes. About 20 people were seen this Sunday in a make shift examination room at the Labor Camp, and I was amazed by all that was accomplished. Eyes were examined, moles were removed and sent for biopsy, ears were checked, and a number of prescriptions were given out.
As I watched the family doctor doing something he clearly loves, I only hoped my photos could portray the dedication and joy both doctor and patient achieved.