Assessment Day

The rest of the team arrived in Guatemala City late Friday night but they didn’t rest long. Everybody was up and loaded on the bus to Huehue by 5 a.m. I cannot relay how the 5-hour trek was because this blogger took a Dramamine and doesn’t remember much after that. By noon, we were at…

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A Series of Unfortunate Events, or How Ice in Dallas Delayed Our Plans

Well, nobody said it would be easy.  If you checked in on the blog to see pictures of Guatemalan kiddos who would soon be served by our health care professionals, you’ll have to check back tomorrow. The Iowa contingents arrived at the airports yesterday to find an icy morning in Dallas would mean our connections…

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A Bit of a Delay

Not everything goes as planned and hoped.  Weather related issues have caused a flight cancelation for Iowa travelers going to Dallas.  Everything is pushed back.  There is hope for a better tomorrow.

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Gratitude to All

As we embark on our tenth mission of Iowa MOST, we want to express our gratitude to the following organizations and people who have helped us to organize this year’s endeavor. DHL Global Forwarding for donation of the shipping of our supplies to Guatemala.  We appreciate our long-time relationship and the generosity shown to us. Knowledge…

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The WHOLE Team – A thank you to our partner supporters!

Iowa MOST appreciates the support of its team members, but there are other players whose patronage also makes the mission a success.  A large debt of gratitude goes to: Contributing District 6000 Rotary clubs, for annual financial donations that help to sustain this district project; Hospital Salus and its employees, for the use of the hospital and…

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Diego

Families go to great lengths to access care through the Iowa MOST mission in the western highlands of Guatemala. Diego, the 13 year old uncle, carefully carried his one year old nephew in for his procedure. The baby’s mother who speaks a Mayan dialect came too with her younger child. Because Diego understands Spanish he was…

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Committed leaders

The experience of Iowa MOST (Miles of Smiles Team) is one that CHANGES LIVES not only for those served but also for those who help! This labor of love would not exist without the leadership of Gary Pacha, chair of the Iowa MOST mission. We all owe deep gratitude to Gary for the untold hours/days/years…

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Father-Son Team

Medical director of Iowa MOST, Dr. John Canady and son Frank Canady, a senior at Grinnell College who will begin medical school at the University of Iowa in the fall, had the opportunity to experience Iowa MOST together for the first time in 2014. Dr. Canady, an ear, nose and throat–plastic surgery specialist, has been…

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District Leaders at Work on Mission

The Iowa MOST mission is a project of Rotary District 6000. On the 2014 trip, District Governor, Jacque Andrew, and District Governor-Elect, John Ockenfels and Deb Ockenfels, participated. Jacque served as photo-journalist to document and share the team’s efforts via Facebook and the blog site. DGE John lead the organization of supplies and equipment, assisted…

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Somos un Equipo

Somos un equipo–we ARE a team! It is tradition of the mission on the last day to have a farewell gathering of the Iowa MOST team and as many of the hospital staff who can attend. This is an opportunity to express gratitude for the exemplary team effort; a monetary gift is presented along with…

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