Medical Mission to Guatemala
Organized by: Michele Hernandez
My name is Michele (Shelly) Hernandez and I am raising funds to go with Helps International (WWW.helpsintl.org) on a medical mission trip to Guatemala. The team, (Bakersfield Medical), I go with leaves April 23 for 10 days. The cost of the trip is $2300.00 this year. I have already paid $800. I need a little more help with the funding. I am a 55 yr old woman working full time as a surgical technician in California. We go to the indigenous areas to treat the Guatemalan people. We take a whole medical team and set up a clinic and operating rooms. For a week we perform surgery, fit prosthetic devices, treat various ailments, provide eye and dental care. Three years ago I had the amazing opportunity to go! I was asked to go by a friend, who has been going for 12 years, at the last minute. Another volunteer, who had paid in full for her trip, was unable to go and donated her spot to me. I was overwhelmed with this opportunity and felt blessed to go. The experience was so fulfilling and I felt as if I had found a purpose for my life. The following year I was unable to go because I developed a malignant (cancer) tumor in my leg and had to have surgery and radiation. Last year I was able to fully fund my trip myself and was able to go. Again, it was an honor to serve the people of Guatemala. This year I need a little help with the balance for my trip. Thank you for your support.