Journal Highlights: Roads I Have Traveled ... Excerpt #1 from September 1998

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Requests for Project C.U.R.E. to come and bring medical assistance arrive at our office from a wild variety of intentions as well as locations. As I write this journal entry, we are presently shipping donated medical goods to sixty-four different countries. We often ship to several different regions and multiple hospitals within each country. Many times we begin our work in a country as a request from some church or missions group. At other times, the government of the country makes the initial contact. Still other times, a friend or a family member of an indigenous doctor might report to us a need and request our help. 

Our involvement in the Dominican Republic has had a different little twist. A couple of years ago, I was invited to speak about our Project C.U.R.E. work at a Rotary Club meeting in Littleton, Colorado. Subsequent to that, Dr. Doug Jackson, the president and CEO of Project C.U.R.E., had been invited to join the prestigious downtown Denver Rotary Club, the seventh largest such club in the world. Word began getting out about Project C.U.R.E.’s international work through Rotary members. 

A couple of years prior, a small boy from the Dominican Republic named Raul had been brought to Denver for specialized surgery. The arrangements had all been made through the Rotary Club. The entire surgery was donated, but during the operation complications set in, and the doctors admitted the boy would die if he did not have a kidney and liver transplant. Warren Zeller, another Rotarian in Littleton, heard about the situation. Right at the time Raul’s operation was taking place, Warren Zeller’s grandson was tragically killed in an accident. The Zeller family donated the needed organs for the transplant, and Raul lived. He later returned to La Vega, Dominican Republic, where he now lives as a happy and active boy. Warren Zeller stayed in touch with Raul and told the La Vega Rotary about Project C.U.R.E. Warren was in attendance at the club meeting at which I spoke in Littleton. 

About eight months ago, I received an official Request for Assistance form from the La Vega, Dominican Republic. 

Next Week: An education in Dominican Republic

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