VAMOS A GUATEMALA

On January 25th the Iowa M.O.S.T. team for 2009 met at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City to be briefed by team leader, Gary Pacha, on their upcoming trip to Huehuetenango. The team has spent the last two months collecting supplies and equipment and readying the 7 skids of materials in a frigid warehouse in Coralville…

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Huehuetenango 2009

For those following this blog, I am Team Leader and we are finalizing our trip to Huehuetenango, which is coming up in just one short week – February 12. Just got word today that our supplies should clear customs today or tomorrow, so we are hopeful that this year for a change our supplies will…

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Team Scores Smiles & More in April 2008

Iowans & Guatemalans & Rotary! Teaming up to make a difference! On April 5, 2008, the Rotary 6000 Iowa MOST (Miles of Smiles Team) began its journey to perform cleft lip/palate and dental surgeries in the highlands of Guatemala. The 30-member Iowa team included many mission-experienced medical personnel from the University of Iowa, who worked…

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Jan Ahlberg Remembers.. & Says, “Thank You.”

A big thank you to Iowa MOST 2008 for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate Repair team trip to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.It was a week of inspiration as well as learning for me. The care and attention given to each child and family by team members was heart warming,…

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Emily Remembers Victor Victorino

It was the morning that Victor would have his surgery. I was documenting vital signs on all of the kids, when I heard an “Emily.” Victor wanted to show me the coloring book page that he had just colored. He was so very proud. This fun went on all morning. Victor was very chatty with…

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Post-Op Family Reunions at Xela

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Last Night in Guatemala

Iowa MOST gathered in Guatemala City for a farewell dinner on Monday, April 14, 2008… a joyous occasion filled with expressions of gratitude for a good mission and continued team spirit. The next morning — a 5:45 a.m. wakeup call, a quick van ride to the airport, checking in & changing gears for leaving Guatemala…

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Last Day for Surgeries in Xela

The team finishes its mission in Xela on Friday, April 11, 2008, with a full schedule of surgeries & post op & pediatric care. Photographs feature ~ * Deb Strike, Chandra Beals, Pat Wehrle & Jodi Jones in surgery. * Team members Ruben Zuniga, Mindy Bowen, Pat Plohman, Bill LaVelle, Robert Forbes & Susan Adamson…

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Mucho Gracias a Rotario Quetzaltenango

Not enough thanks can ever be given to the Rotarians of Quetzaltenango for their generous hospitality & support to the Iowa MOST medical mission. Without their extensive efforts, the medical mission could not have been accomplished. Since July of 2007, when the second oldest Rotary Club in Guatemala said, “Yes” to team leader Gary Pacha’s…

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Pat Plohman Says Thanks to Iowa MOST

As a first-time volunteer with Iowa MOST, I struggle to find words that adequately describe my experiences so far. From the moment we arrived, our very dedicated team has been welcomed and recognized in ways that extend far beyod what I could have expected. The courtesies of food and support as well as expressions of…

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