OPTOMETRIC / CATARACT SURGERY MISSION 2013
It has been a career dream of mine to be able to go on an Optometric/Medical mission since my days at State University of New York (SUNY) Optometry. However, with the urgency of "finishing school, working, paying off debts, getting married, having kids, raising kids(still raising kids), etc.", the drills seem never ending until one decides to make a conscious decision to make it happen. My previous dilly dallying thoughts were an obvious obstacle, but opportunities are abound when one allows such barriers to come down. One such opportunity is the upcoming optometric/cataract surgery mission with The Loloma Foundation on the Taveuni Island(Fiji) in April, 2013.
As with most developing countries, Fiji's healthcare system is heavily burdened, and struggles to support the needs of those who live there, especially on many of the very remote islands.
This mission will consist of an optometric team that will perform vision and eye medical treatment, identify candidates for eye surgery and a cataract surgery team that will be performing surgery. The optometric team consists of Tom Rippner, Sharon Rippner, and Trang Ta-Hopkins while the cataract surgery team consists of Dr. Mike Limberg and his assistant, Chris Bartolo. Please watch my video link for more information and see the incredible impact the Loloma Foundation & its volunteers have made.
The cost for this mission will be $3000.00 per person, inclusive of air, local daily transport, accommodation, meals, and all taxes. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel expenses. If you would like to help fund my mission, monetary donations can be made on my link of GoFundMe.com. Any support would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance for all your generosity!
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