Gloves/Hats for Frostbite Victims

$125 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 33 months
Hi! This is Steve and Chelsey, two medical students from Buffalo NY!

During our surgery rotation we were shocked at the frequency of frostbite in Buffalo and other cold climates! We were seeing easily a case per day or more during the winter, and many of these required amputations of the dead frostbitten tissue!

Our most memorable case was a homeless man who was shoveling snow without gloves to earn some money. His case was so severe that he unfortunately had to have all 10 of his fingers amputated. He was a humble and sweet man and was so grateful for this treatment, as it ultimately saved his life (necrotic tissue must be removed to avoid infection and sepsis).

I asked this man, while he was eating lunch post-op using special utensils designed for amputees, if he owned a hat or gloves, and he didn't. These simple items could have easily prevented all of this. This was one of my most emotionally moving patient experiences. 

We were shocked that frostbite is not only very common in cold climates, but very preventable! So, we started Prescription4Warmth , a charity that collects money to purchase new hats, gloves, and socks from wholesale destributers for frostbite victims and homeless in Buffalo, and packages them with frostbite informational printouts.

We currently serve Erie County Medical Center, Lighthouse Free Clinic, and UBHEALS mobile clinic. We have provided over 600 packages of warm items to the Buffalo area, and have been featured recently in the Buffalo News, Channel 2, Channel 7, and Campus News.

With support and partnership with our university chapter of Gold Humanism Honor Society, we hope to continue to supply these items yearly, and also hopefully expand beyond Buffalo and into other underserved and frigid areas!

We, and these frostbite victims, thank you so much for your generous donations. Thank you for treating and preventing frostbite and life-altering amputations!

Steve and Chelsey, 
The Prescription4Warmth Team
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Hi everyone! Winter is around the corner! Donate to bring warm gloves, hats, and socks to homeless men, women, and children, and frostbite victims in Western New York!
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Thank you so much for the donations! It's cold out there, keep 'em coming!
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We would like to thank so much these wonderful young doctors: Dr. Ackerman, Dr. Makhija, and Dr. Lasala for their generous donations! You set a true example for everyone!

Keep the donations coming everybody. Don't forget, this is Compassionate Care week! Thank you!
Compassionate Care in Medicine
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Welcome to our Prescription4Warmth GoFundMe Page! We appreciate your donations greatly! Let's work together to stomp out frostbite in Buffalo, and beyond!
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$125 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 33 months
Created February 13, 2016
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Sierra Rotella
32 months ago

Such a great idea Steve. Love that there are still good people out there trying to change the world. Wish you all the best!!

Peter Ackerman
33 months ago

Awesome cause you guys!

33 months ago
Pooja Makhija
33 months ago

Steve and Chelsey, you guys are doing a great job!!

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