Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dec 27, 2012 Background and Introductions

From Dec. 29, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013, thirteen Xavier students and a staffer from the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement will give up a week of winter break and New Year’s Eve celebrations to serve the village of Patanatik in the Solola Lake mountain region.. A doctor/nurse couple from Los Angeles and a Cincinnati pediatrician will join them on the 2013 Interfaith Medical Mission to Guatemala.

This will be the fourth such trip for Xavier students. In January of 2010, the first mission trip sent a similar group to Jamaica. In 4.5 days, they saw 511 patients among old slave huts in remote regions of Steer Town, Jamaica. Most had never received any medical care and six were evacuated to a hospital for immediate attention. In the last two years, they have found similar need in Guatemala. They saw almost 500 people in the clinic and made 75-100 home visits each year.

These are the students you will hear from on this blog:

Kiersten Mossburg from Fayetteville, GA is a junior chemical science major with minors in biochemistry and English.

Tess Petrozzi from Powell, OH is a sophomore nursing major.

Ashley Luffred from Avon, OH is a junior liberal arts major, with a minor in psychology.

Grace Lambert from North Royalton, OH is a sophomore natural sciences major, with a minor in theology.

Adrian Center from Mason, OH is a first-year biology major.

Malia Smolenski from Loveland, OH is a junior applied physics major, with minors in Spanish and international studies.

Stephanie Jantzen from Cincinnati is a senior biology major.

Ian Bentley from Cincinnati is a senior biology major, with minors in chemistry and theology.

Sara Fieger from Cincinnati is a sophomore natural sciences major.

Tom Gerbus from Cincinnati is a junior biology major, with minors in chemistry and theology.

C.J. Oleksy from Martinsville, IN is a sophomore business major, with a minor in natural sciences.

Julia Miles from Indianapolis is a junior biology major.

Katie Scheidler from Muncie, IN is the program assistant and trip coordinator. She is a senior biology major, with minors in chemistry and peace studies.

The care is free, but the trip is not. The group needs $50,000 to fly, feed and house the team for the trip. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Xavier University, Center for Interfaith Community Engagement, 3800 Victory Parkway ML 2120, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Please make checks payable to Xavier University - IFCE.

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