Chiro Mission Trip-Haiti & DR!

Aloha Family and Friends!

I started my journey to get my Doctorate of Chiropractic last July, in 2013, and I have fallen in love with the art, science and philosophy of the profession ever since! I still hold my old passions close to my heart - to increase health care access to lower income and underserved communities, but now I aim to reach out to them via Chiropractic holistic care methods. I have been learning a LOT at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward and I am SUPER excited to bring my new skill set and understanding of the human nervous system to Haitian and Domincan Republican communities. I would deeply appreciate your verbal, spiritual and/or financial support in the process.

The doctors and students are working under the banner of Mission Life International, a humanitarian organization that provides chiropractic care to people around the world who might not normally have access to alternative healthcare. Our primary goal is to help people in underprivileged areas. At the same time, we seek to build strong relationships with the health officials and providers in these nations so that they maintain an “open door” policy for chiropractic. The last trip to Haiti/Dominican Republic included 18 doctors and more than 30 students, who educated and cared for some 10,000 people during the 7-day trip!


Details of the trip:

What: Adjusting mission trip
When: September 27-30 in Haiti, October 1-5th in the Dominican Republic, 2014
Where: The Global Village of Hope in Ouanaminthe, Haiti and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Who we will serve: Children and families at schools and orphanages 
Why: To give, to do, to love, to serve and to learn
Program website: http://missionlifeinternational.com/

Your money would be going towards:
$1000 for the program, which includes transportation, housing and food
$600 for the round trip flight
$500 for the portable adjusting table I need to bring with me

If you can donate any toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo or soap, I will hand deliver them to the children at our adjusting sites as well. Many of the children we will serve suffer from tooth decay and fungal problems because of lack of proper hygiene products. Every little bit helps! 

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Being my friends and family, you know that I love to serve. I love to get down to the ground level of a situation. My heart motivates me to see what is happening and to phyiscally be with the people. Serving underprivileged communities keeps me rooted to core life values and allows me the opportunity to pay forward what I have been lucky to receive in my comfortable upbringing. It challenges me to grow emotionally, spiritually, interpersonally, and intellectually. If you're interested in a little life update, here is a list of some of my past service experiences:

Study Abroad in Amman, Jordan: Public Health and Epidemiology in Refugee Populations. I took courses as well as shadowed Doctors and Nurses in the Palestinian Refugee camp clinics. 
Blog link: http://publichhealthinjordan.blogspot.com/

Emergency Department volunteer at Alameda County Medical Center's Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA. 
Website: http://community.hghed.com/other_programs/category/volunteer_program

Outreach Volunteer on the Street Outreach Services Medical van in San Francisco, CA. 
Website: http://www.sfccc.org/street-outreach-services/

CURRENTLY: Outreach volunteer with Mission Trip: America (MTA) in San Francisco, CA. Together we set up a clinic space at the San Francisco Day Labor Program in San Francisco’s Mission District where many male immigrants from Central America come to San Francisco seeking the opportunity to work and send money back to their families. While they wait for work I reach out and let them know that we Chiropractors are offering free health care. I communicate in Spanish how Chiropractic can help them with their back breaking work and then explain the paperwork they need to fill out as new patients. I also assist the student interns with new patient exams and neurological tests.
Website: http://lifewest.edu/mission-trip-america/
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Whether in my community or in an impoverished country I am thankful and humbled by the opportunity to help others through chiropractic and health. I am grateful for all your support and motivation through the years, thank you!! I want to be as transparent as possible and I will keep all of you updated with photos and written pieces on my experience there. 

With love, gratitude, and abundance,
Marisa
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Marisa Sum 
Organizer
Alameda, CA
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