Despite Haiti no longer being front page news, the Haitian people continue to face overwhelming health challenges as they try and recover from the catastrophic earthquake that struck their homeland on January 12, 2010. The human loss and suffering has been tragic and is ongoing, which is why we are excited to announce that six of us will be travelling as a surgical team to provide much needed specialized plastic and reconstructive procedures to the victims of the quake. Our travel has been facilitated through The LEAP Foundation (a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization) which has provided a continued surgical presence since the first relief planes were allowed to land in Haiti. Although LEAP has made the arrangements for this trip, there is a cost associated. Each team is responsible for their expenses of airfare, housing, and transportation in Haiti, as well as the supplies and medications to cover 50 cases for their week.
Like most of you, we have always wanted to help when disasters like this occur but often wonder how much of our contribution actually goes to the suffering. Now we have the opportunity to assure that any donations go directly to the needs of the Haitians. We are donating our time and skills and team members will bring limited personal affects as carry-ons, allowing each of us to check 100 pounds of desperately needed medical equipment.
Here’s how you can help. If you would like to help support us financially (no amount is too small), 100% of donations will be applied towards funding medical equipment and supplies for our team’s trip. Donations can be made directly to the LEAP foundation via their website: www.leap-foundation.org, or via mail to: The Leap Foundation, P.O. Box 7452, Dallas TX 75209. It is important to reference “Dr. Zeff” and “May 23” in the comments or memo section. Checks can also be given to our front office and we will forward them to LEAP.
We are grateful for this opportunity, and want to thank you in advance for your support!
Dr. Richard Zeff’s Team