From becoming a doctor to becoming a professional kayaker, to ultimately becoming both, Jessie Stone knows more than a little about passion.
During a kayaking trip with her paddling team to the Nile River in Uganda, Stone found herself using her medical background to take care of a teammate who fell ill with Malaria. This opened Stone’s eyes to the issues of the area and the position she was in, as a doctor and a kayaker, to help.
Dr. Stone, or Dr. Jessie as she is known in the village of Kyabirwa, is now the founder of Soft Power Health in Uganda, a US based 501 C3 foundation. She has built and runs a clinic on the banks of the Nile that sees 50 – 60 patients per day and her Malaria outreach programs have educated more than 100,000 people and sold more than 45,000 mosquito nets to the community at a fraction of their cost. The clinic has also added a heavy focus on family planning as Uganda has one of the highest birth rates in Africa.
Dr. Stone has committed her life to the people of Uganda while still holding true to her commitments as a professional kayaker. She has sacrificed a comfortable life in the United States to help where she is needed and to paddle the Nile everyday. She has found that rare balance between two very different passions and is at the top of her game in both.