In high school, my daughter Amanda travelled to Ollantaytambo, Peru to give back to the global community through service work. There, she was welcomed loving family who called her Hija, or daughter, from the day she arrived. This family, despite having nearly nothing, were exceptionally generous and kind to our daughter. We will always be grateful for her host family and the impact they continue to have on her life.
Seven years later, am thrilled to announce that I’ve decided to continue this story by participating in a medical mission with Mountain Medics in Peru. There, I will be providing much needed medical care to women like my daughter's host mom who do not have access to medical treatment or vital preventative medical care.
Of the 270,000 known cervical cancer deaths in 2015, 90% were in low or middle income countries. Death from cervical cancer is almost always preventable. It is rare in the US where we woman have access to pap smears to detect and treat pre cancers of the cervix. I hope to prevent unnecessary deaths with a "see and treat" approach.
I am raising money to cover the medical and equipment expenses for the organization. If you feel compelled to donate to this project, please visit the link below.
PS- were working to meet my daughter’s host mother face to face and we are so excited!
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