Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Operation Walk Syracuse Kicks Off First Annual Mission

A group of patients in Nepal will receive joint replacement and rehabiliation in early November thanks to Operation Walk Syracuse, led by Co-Executive Directors Dr. Brett Greenky and Dr. Seth Greenky.

As the date for departure inches closer, our excitement mounts.  Months and months of preparation have come together and next week we will embark on the journey to the other side of the world.  We enthusiastically look forward to working with the physicians at Nepal Medical College have have more than 60 patients waiting to receive our services.

Our team of 36 volunteers comprised of surgeons, anesthesia providers, nurses, surgical technologists, physical therapists, and other team members are amazing.  We can't thank them enough for assisting us to make this mission trip a reality.  We will be joined by 12 members from Operation Walk LA who will provide guidance to us in our inaugural mission experience. 

In Kathmandu, the country's capital, many individuals cannot provide for their families due to the disabling physical limitations of degenerative arthritis.  Others cannot walk around their homes because they lack basic mobility equipment such as canes and walkers.

Our supplies (approximately 40,000 pounds of cargo) were shipped at the end of September.  We eagerly await confirmation of its arrival so that we can begin our travel next week with the confidence that all will be ready and waiting when we arrive.  We are all eager to begin working to restore the quality of life for many new people in Kathmandu, as well as to provide follow up care for patients from previous missions.

The group leaves November 8th.  Read daily updates and view photographs from the mission on the Operation Walk Blog at http://operationwalksyracuse.blogspot.com/. Posts will occur daily beginning on Tuesday, November 8th.

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