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From October 12-21, Brittany and Kevin will travel with a group of volunteers to the Range of Motion Project’s (ROMP) clinic in Zacapa, Guatemala. We are excited to be able to collaborate with local clinic staff and other rehabilitation volunteers to provide prosthetic care for those who otherwise would not have access to the care.
For Brittany, this will be the second year that she is volunteering with ROMP. Brittany first learned about ROMP while she was a Prosthetics and Orthotics student at Northwestern University and immediately started making plans to be a part of the project. In 2017, thanks to the support of friends and family across the US, Brittany was able to travel to Guatemala to contribute to the work of the clinic. Even before she came home from her experience, Brittany was asking Kevin when she could return to Guatemala again.
Throughout the last year, Brittany has continued to support ROMP’s mission by collecting used components to be donated, refurbished, and used for ROMP patients in Guatemala, Ecuador, and the United States.
For Kevin, this will be the first time that he has travelled to Guatemala and the first time that he has volunteered with a group like ROMP. Kevin is very excited about getting to see the clinic and work alongside the local clinic staff and volunteers to support them. While he doesn’t have the same technical expertise that Brittany has, Kevin is looking forward to using his Spanish language skills to get to know the clinic staff and patients who will be receiving the prosthetic care. He is also excited to work alongside Brittany and learn more about the work that she loves.
We wanted to set up this page to let you know what we are excited about for this trip and also give our friends and family a place to support us. We are both very excited and grateful to be able to be a part of ROMP and we are looking forward to using the gifts and talents that we have to support the work that is already going on in Guatemala. We are just as excited about receiving the gifts and talents of the staff and patients as we are about sharing ours.
The money that is raised through this page will go towards our program fees, which cover the cost of materials and components that are needed for the patients that we will serve in the Zacapa clinic. In addition to this page, Brittany’s best friend Amber has designed a t-shirt (which serves as the cover for our page) to help with our service trip and serve as a reminder that “love needs no translation.” Shirts can be purchased for $20 and the money raised will go towards our program fees.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our experience. We are very grateful for any support that you are able to give, before, during and after the trip.
Please keep reading to learn more about ROMP and the mission of their organization and volunteer trips!
ROMP believes in the power of education to transform the unequal distribution of prosthetic care in the world. Every year, ROMP Ecuador hosts clinical trips with leading orthotic and prosthetic practitioners, faculty, and students to facilitate a knowledge exchange between these individuals and ROMP's local staff.
Under supervision, practitioners, students, and ROMP clinicians work side by side with real patients in our Guatemala clinic- exchanging ideas, sharing clinical techniques, and working to improve patient outcomes. Educating future clinicians to the realities of disability care in resource poor settings makes them better medical professionals and advocates. Exposing ROMP staff to the latest clinical techniques makes them better clinicians resources for our patients.
It is a win, win for all involved. Each dollar raised will help ROMP continue to deliver high-quality prosthetic care. By donating to your "someone", who is involved with ROMP, you are helping create mobility for thousands of amputees living without care globally.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your institution would like more information about this innovative program.