2019 Guatemala City, Guatemala

Sep 2, 2019

The Gang is All Here!

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Everyone has arrived safely in the beautiful city of Guatemala with its wonderful hospitality. After a tour of the hospital and a check that all of our supplies made it, we had a brief team meeting and the... Read More »

Sep 4, 2019

A Long Day’s Journey Into Clinic

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Before I began this journey I was warned that Day One, Clinic Day, was the longest and hardest day. Clinic Day is the day that we triage all of the patients that have come to find out if they are Read More »

Sep 4, 2019

Become a Volunteer and Do All Those Things You Never Knew You Could Do

Guatemala City, Guatemala

When I was a kid, I always thought that one day I would be a doctor and then later I would be a journalist for National Geographic and then later I might some sort of detective and then later something Read More »

Sep 5, 2019

Mother’s Day

Guatemala City, Guatemala

There are so many incredible stories to tell about Rotaplast every day, every family we meet, every child who smiles. It is hard to pick just one to talk about each day. But today its Mother’s Day. (... Read More »

Sep 6, 2019

Many Hands Make Light Work

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Every moment is busy at Rotaplast. I have stopped counting the number of surgeries completed or upcoming or patients waiting or parents worried and just look for the smiles because that is why we are here ... Read More »

Sep 8, 2019

Heroes and Villians

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Naaaaahhh! I was just messin’ with you. There are no villians in Rotaplast, just Heroes and Sidekicks. Lets meet a few of them! Above is Josue: Josue is a Hero. He is 11 years old and in the 5th grad... Read More »

Sep 9, 2019

“It Is Better to Give, Than To Receive” A Dad

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Today I had my heart broken and put back together by Melvin and his daughter Genesis. Melvin is a farmer. Genesis is 5 years old. She has never been to school because she cannot speak and the other kids ju... Read More »

Sep 10, 2019

“With a Little Help from My Friends” (with apologies to the Beatles)

Guatemala City, Guatemala

“What would you think if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me? Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song And I’ll try not to sing out of key” That is Read More »

Sep 11, 2019

“Coca-Cola” – The Sound of Success

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Try saying “coca-cola with only about 25% of the muscles in your mouth (I am totally guessing at that %. I am not a doctor, I just play one in blog on Rotaplast missions), and possibly other mouth de... Read More »

Sep 13, 2019

If The Shoe Fits!

Guatemala City, Guatemala

I cannot believe that I am sitting on the floor of the Miami airport writing my LAST blog and that Rotaplast Guatemala City 2019 is OVER! I cannot believe that just 13 short days ago I was terrified, had n... Read More »

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