Last night the Rotary Club of Cebu Port Center, our superb hosts during our stay here in Cebu, had a few surprises for us. It was the wind-down night, where certificates and plaques were presented to the key players in the Rotaplast Mission. Following some expert dancing, notably by our own PACU Assistant, Marnee, a young woman took the stage. Her name is Anna Marie Quillo. I met Anna Marie outside the Operating Room when she was awaiting surgery last Friday. She was comforting another young woman, Marjorie, and assuring her that the surgery would be soon over, and that her life would be changed forever. It was a touching sight. I asked Anna Marie about her hopes and life wishes, and she told me of how she loved to sing. I asked her to sing for the OR staff. When I heard her pretty voice, I had to hold back a few tears. Anna Marie looked the picture of poise and perfection up there on the stage in the Jose Rizal Memorial Library and Museum – one week post-op. Her mother and little Evan, her one-year-old son who was but two days post-op from a cleft lip repair, looked on proudly. At the conclusion of her second song Anna Marie received a standing ovation from the audience. It was a beautiful end to a memorable mission. Thanks local Rotarians and your wives for making this an evening to remember, and for all your kindnesses during the Cebu 2008 Mission. You have gone beyond the call of duty and then some.