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Rwanda Medical Missionary trip: Blog post No. 3

It finally struck me this past weekend…I am going to Africa!  When I was invited in February to join the Summit team making its third mission trip to Rwanda it sounded like an amazing opportunity and a chance for me to contribute in some small way to our international mission work.  Now, 5 months later, the reality finally hit me.  I am honored, excited and humbled to be travelling with such a committed group of clinicians and community volunteers.  I am looking forward to attending the second of two club foot treatment workshops taught by Dr. Janes at the Rilima Hospital.  This educational opportunity for the healthcare providers in Rwanda is being supported through a grant written by the Summit Medical Center Health Foundation and funded by the Catholic Health Initiatives Foundation, our hospital sponsor’s foundation. 

My role at the Mugonero Hospital will be to work with Tony Harris on the construction of the open gazebo.  We are so grateful to the 20 donors from Summit County and to the hospital foundation for funding this project.  The construction costs are estimated at $12,500.  Since the Mugonero Hospital does not have a waiting room, this building is much needed and will be a wonderful place for family members and patients to gather outside and be protected from the sun and rain. 

I love adventure and am looking forward to what I know will be an amazing, life changing experience for me.  Stay tuned.

Deb Edwards

A Breckenridge resident for the past 34 years, Deb Edwards is the President and Chief Development Officer for the Summit Medical Center Health Foundation, a position she has held for the past five years.  She is responsible for fundraising for 13 programs at the hospital, including the Rwanda mission trips.  While in Rwanda, Deb will be assisting in the building of the gazebo at the Mugonero Hospital and for anything else is needed too.