Cruisers Help Venezuelan Kids

Fundamigos medical mission treats disadvantaged patients.

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The U.S. medical teams and Fundamigos' Marc Manyon enjoy a day of R&R; at Isla Chimana Grande aboard Cayenne III. From left, standing: Gail Hughes, RN, Richard Bosshardt, MD, cruiser Tony Sanpere, Fundamigos Marc Manyon, Dennis Lynch, MD; seated in front, Suzanne Oldham, RN.Ellen Sanpere

Cruisers staying at Marina Bahia Redonda, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, volunteered their time and efforts last fall to the 16th annual Fundamigos medical mission for economically disadvantaged adults and children from the eastern part of the country. More than a dozen sailors helped raise money and prepare blankets and bandages to assist medical staff perform reconstructive surgery for 86 economically disadvantaged patients, including 55 children with cleft lip and palate repairs, at Dr. Luis Razetti University Hospital, Barcelona. When the surgery was finished, cruisers treated the visiting U.S. medical teams to some sun and fun aboad their boats at a nearby island.

For more details or to donate, contact Fundamigos (email Marc Manyon at manyon@cantv.net; Fundamigos HLP, MUN 1213, P.O. Box 025352, Miami, FL 33102-5352).