Nobel Peace Prize Winner to Speak at Concord, Wednesday, June 22

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 19 2005

Nobel Peace Prize Winner to Speak at Concord, Wednesday, June 22

Athens, W.Va. – Can one person possibly make a difference in a world filled with chaos? Yes!

After working as a registered nurse in emergency rooms throughout the United States, Mary Lightfine, a self-professed adrenaline junkie, decided to join an organization called “Doctors Without Borders.” That decision has changed her life. During the past twelve years, she has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries including some of the most hellish spots on earth. Mary was ambushed and shot at in Somalia, delivered babies in the jungles of Sri Lanka, and traveled perilous Afghani Mountains teeming with land mines by jeep, foot and donkey to reach isolated inhabitants. Mary brought food to remote villages by helicopter in Nicaragua after hurricane Mitch and to starving refugees in South Sudan following the destruction of their villages by government alliances. She was one of the first to provide medical aid to Kosovar refugees who had experienced unthinkable horrors.

In 1999, Mary was one of the distinguished members of Doctors Without Borders to have been honored with the Nobel Peace prize.

She is founder and president of “Volunteers Without Boundaries” and will share her story with more than 400 high school students at Concord University at 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 22 in the Main Theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord University.

The students are from Concord University, Marshall University, Virginia Tech and Southwest Virginia Community College and they are participating in Upward Bound and Math and Science Upward Bound programs at those institutions. In addition, students with the McNair Scholars program and students from the Concord University Summer Academy will be in attendance.

The Math and Science Upward Bound program and the Upward Bound program at Concord University are sponsoring this speaking engagement.

The public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Judy Saunders with the Math and Science Upward Bound program at Concord University, 1-304-384-6074 or


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