To Team Heart Members Past and Present and Future.
Applications are now open for Team Heart, 2012 You may also apply online at www.teamheart.org. Our dates will most likely be near the same as they were this February, with surgery for 7 days, ICU for 2 additional days and step-down to follow for 5 more days, the same as previous years. I have penciled in 2/4 for departure--and await a confirmation from Rwanda. The step-down team will depart Kigali on 2/19 or 2/20. There will some changes in key staff, but I feel certain we have those willing to step-up. There are many details to work out before the exact and final schedule is etched in stone. But I am feeling really positive as we move into this 5th year.
For those of you having already applied for 2012-thank you!
The positions we are hoping to recruit will be volunteers for both travel and local non-travel. Even if you cannot go this year to Rwanda, there is huge need for fundraising, supply management and packing and we would very much appreciate your help.
And if you are wondering about my comment the "Tipping Point"...Today in a message from Erneste, he talked about a patient, who recently met his Mom. The young man was suffering from advanced rheumatic heart disease and thought there was no help for his condition. The patient is from the economically challenged region near Erneste, he, had no cell phone and has virtually been in his home without help. The information was shared with this young man about Erneste, his surgery and that there was a chance for him as well. For information to then reach us, so this young man could be placed on the evaluation list is our tipping point. We have our patients involved in recruitment because they believe so much in what we have done and how their lives are changed!