Monday, February 11, 2008

Update, New Children, We Need Help!

Hi friends,

Welcome to the new Medical Advocacy Team blog! We're really excited about the way things are moving for our small group. We're starting to get really busy! A few months ago we decided to expand our efforts to other parts of the world (we were currently only helping children in Haiti). We've spent a bit of time networking and spreading the word, and now we're starting to see some children trickle in. We're currently working on visas for children in Haiti, Ghana, Nigeria and the Dominican Republic. If you know of any children that need medical care not available to them in their home country - or you know of an orphanage, medical clinic, hospital that might be in contact with children like this, please let them know about us! We're looking forward to helping many more children in the future.

This sweet boy is Samuel (from Ghana). Not only does he have hydrocephalus, he has a severe spinal deformity that (we believe) was caused by Tuberculosis. I did some research on spinal tuburculosis last night. Hard stuff to read.

We will soon be looking for an orthopedic surgeon for this sweet little guy. Please keep him in your prayers.

This is Alex (from Haiti). He was born with an encephalocele (yup, like baby Helande) right between his eyes. Lori (our incredible nurse friend in Haiti who with her sister Licia run Real Hope for Haiti) is hoping to get all his information together in the coming weeks so we can start looking for a doctor for him. Isn't he a cutie?

And now a plea for help: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE (would another please help?, ok PLEASE!) consider helping us. We need more people. We have a GREAT gal that is going to be working with us on fundraising (yippee!) but we still need more. We need someone to work on a t-shirt project. We need some churches or groups to do some fundraising projects. We need people to host children. We need doctors, hospitals, and people to call them. It's a lot of work, but so incredibly worth it!

It costs A LOT to bring these kids here. We are not yet a 501(c)3 but we are definitely still a non-profit program - we're all volunteers and every penny we raise goes right to getting the kids here for care.

Thanks for reading and contact us if you would like to help: Salem at or Sarah at