It was Party With A Purpose and an effort to assist those who are about to embark on a very humbling experience. In a few weeks, Dell Children’s Surgical Global Outreach will travel to The Moore Pediatric Surgery Center in Guatemala City to provide urology and general surgery needs to the children of Guatemala. This group of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, techs, pediatric medical support and volunteers aspire to bring surgical care to under served children across the globe.
Their first mission is in partnership with The Shalom Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to demonstrating Christian values while providing humanitarian aid to children and their families living in extreme poverty. The organization provides educational opportunities for children and adults, essential food and clean water for the malnourished, community outreach and medical assistance for basic health care and critical care needs through The Moore Pediatric Surgery Center in Guatemala City.
On Friday, November 9, many of Austin’s most generous donors came together for an event that benefited the Dell Children’s Surgical Global Outreach’s upcoming trip. The event included cocktails and bites, a silent auction, a special performance by Grace Potter, a musical performance by Vallejo and an after party with DJ Manny. It was a night of good times for health care professionals and philanthropists, but the spirit I captured most was one of humility.
When I asked members of the Dell Children’s Surgical Global Outreach group about their upcoming trip, many felt humbled by this opportunity. I felt their hearts immersed in the work that they do and go beyond the city limits of Austin to treat, heal and care for children and their families. The work that they do in pediatric care is an extension of who they are and what they feel they are called to do in life.
This is the first time that several members of the surgical team will travel internationally to treat children living in extreme poverty. I asked one surgeon, Julie Sanchez M.D., if she ever thought she would get to do something like this, and she said she had always wanted to, but the opportunity had never presented itself until now. Personally, I believe a humble heart leads to opportunities in life and the goodness we experience.
In a few weeks, these individuals are about to have their lives changed and their hearts touched. Chairman and founder of The Shalom Foundation, Steve Moore, told them that they will never forget the look on a Guatemalan mother’s face when she leaves the hospital with a healthy child.
Guatemala is a beautiful country, yet one of the poorest countries in our world. Seventy-five percent of its people live below the poverty line, many in extreme poverty—a poverty level we find difficult to envision or understand. And, due to chronic malnutrition and poor health conditions, Guatemala’s children suffer from the third worst childhood growth rate in the world behind Bangladesh and Yemen. But, The Shalom Foundation works to transform lives in Guatemala. In partnership with contributors like Dell Children’s Surgical Global Outreach, The Shalom Foundation works to provide love, hope and support for children and their families and meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor while providing them with the resources to improve their lives and rebuild their communities.