Walk Strong has been very busy getting ready for our next trip which will be this fall. We have been working with the ad agency Zanimal which has graciously donated their services to us in further developing our logo and informational brochure.
We have been fortunate also to acquire a volunteer intern from Vanderbilt who will be helping with blogs and tweets and all things media.
In the near future we will be rolling out a short video with a fundraising effort through www.Indiegogo.com in hopes of raising money to support future missions to Veracruz.
Exactech, who has provided us with our knee implants, has now made a multimillion dollar commitment of more gifts in kind with more knee implants and hip implants! We will in the near future be adding hip replacements to our mission, further helping hundreds of the underserved in Mexico!
Since our return from Veracruz, Mexico in April Walk Strong has been very busy with visiting physicians, raising money , visiting donors and planning our October trip.
Dr. Elena Vidal , head of Anesthesiology at the Regional Hospital in Veracruz, returned with us to Nashville on April 12, 2012. She was the guest of Dr. Doug Norton, a St. Thomas anesthesiologist who travels with Walk Strong and heads up our anesthesia team in Veracruz. During her 4 week visit she not only experienced the operating room and care at St.Thomas but was given a wide variety of southern cultural and shopping experiences by many of the Nashville Walk Strong volunteers! She left us with a broadened medical knowledge and suitcases brimming with souvenirs from her stay! We cannot wait to return to see how many of her experiences have been incorporated into the anesthesiology program in Veracruz!
Our First Annual “IHOP No More” Pancake Breakfast was a roaring success for its first year! A breakfast of bacon, sausages, fruit and beverages were served to over 200 people, raising over $7000 which will go to supporting future Walk Strong missions. Drs. Christie, DeBoer, Morrison and Hodrick lent their surgical finesse to the execution of beautifully crafted pancakes while staff of SJRI and Walk Strong volunteers worked together to provide a delightful event which is sure to be a repeat next Spring! How often do you get your surgeon to cook breakfast for you!
Dr. James Jackson, founder of Project Cure and Dr. Michael Christie spoke to the hospital staff at St. Thomas about the important role Project Cure plays in providing medical equipment and supplies throughout the world and the role they have played in our Walk Strong mission. Project Cure has supplied the hospital we serve with approximately $2-3 million dollars worth of equipment which has all been donated rather than discarded by hospitals throughout the United States. One of the 4 Project Cure warehouses is located here in Nashville, right off Charlotte Avenue. It is a receiving area for donated hospital equipment and supplies from the East coast and the Southern states. The supplies are inventoried and repacked completely by volunteers and then stored until a request is made, whereupon the supplies are sent to the respective requesting facilities throughout the world. Project Cure needs volunteers of all kinds with a particular need for medical personnel who can help identify and help with sorting and packaging. Contact for Project Cure in Nashville is 615-837-7575.
A short trip was made to Veracruz on June 2013 to meet with the new hospital administrators of the Regional Hospital and to introduce ourselves to the Veracruz Rotary Club which has graciously adopted us to help with any local needs we might encounter in the future. A new sterilizer which was brought down in April was now installed and had a successful trial run in anticipation of our return in October. This sterilizer will allow for a more rapid turnover of equipment which in turn allows for more surgeries to be done while we are there. More good news was that Dr. Octavio Amador, senior orthopedic resident at the Regional Hospital in Veracruz will return with us next year to Nashville to spend a year in a fellowship program in orthopaedic surgery. In return he will be at the Regional Hospital for 3 years as the resident expert in Total Joint Replacements and help begin to build an excellent Total Joint program.
Our First annual Walk Strong Charity shoot at the Nashville Gun Club in June started off with a bang! We were able to raise over $4000 with our 20 shooters! Thanks to all who participated!
Dr. Christie along with a few Walk Strong team members made a trip to Exactech earlier this month to tour the facility and show our appreciation for their partnership! We looked forward to having some of the Exactech team members join us on our October trip.
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