Support Project C.U.R.E. This Holiday Season!
There are moments along this Project C.U.R.E. journey that are remarkably profound and entirely unforgettable. And if I had a wish as the CEO of Project C.U.R.E. over these past 22 years, it’s that we don’t have the ability to share impactful moments and miracles with the people who have made Project C.U.R.E. so successful.
One of those incredible miracles happened over the course of the past few weeks, and it gave our entire team a moment to pause and reflect. Most people know about our work to deliver semi-truck sized ocean containers of donated medical supplies and equipment to the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the world. This fiscal year, our goal is to deliver more than 200 of these incredible gifts—each worth about $400,000. Most donations will be to hospitals in communities where people survive on less than $100 a month.
Project C.U.R.E. also facilitates medical trips. These mission-focused adventures last approximately a week, and are affectionately named C.U.R.E. Clinics. We take doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to the locations where we have delivered containers, and we treat people and diagnose serious conditions for referral to our partner hospitals. Over the course of a C.U.R.E. Clinic, it is not uncommon to diagnose and treat between a thousand and five thousand people.
It was the third day during one of these Clinics in Ghana, West Africa that Stephen came to the Project C.U.R.E. team for help. Stephen is a tall, handsome, young African man. He has his whole life ahead of him. In Stephen’s home district in the Northern part of Ghana, most people are very poor. Medical emergencies are often left untreated and serious conditions are usually fatal. Stephen’s condition might have ended his life if it weren't for Project C.U.R.E. In the presence of a team of sixteen dedicated Project C.U.R.E. volunteers working side-by-side with a dozen Ghanaian medical professionals, Stephen’s life was saved and his story was rewritten.
Stephen came to our C.U.R.E. Clinic with an indescribable tumor. The medical term for his condition is a benign tumor of the mandible. The tumor was growing from the left side of his jaw. When I saw the photos, I was speechless. The tumor was literally the size of a cantaloupe. Stephen had already lost his teeth. If left alone, the tumor would grow to a point where he would not have been able to eat, and it likely would have stopped his breathing. As it was, it was incredibly painful and unbelievably frightening. Once before, when the tumor was smaller, Stephen had tried to find help. The local medical centers had no resources, so help was unavailable and his condition was left untreated. He was sent away without hope for a solution.
This time the story was different. This time, Project C.U.R.E. was there. This time, a team of doctors and nurses had resources, and the story ended with a positive outcome. Clearly, our small group of volunteers didn't have the capacity to undertake such a complicated surgery at the C.U.R.E. Clinic site, so Stephen was referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
The Komfo Anyoke Teaching Hospital is a large facility with nearly 1,000 beds. It is the second largest hospital in the country of Ghana, and has the surgical capability to perform the operation on Stephen. As far back as 2007, Project C.U.R.E. has supported the Komfo Anyoke Hospital, delivering hundreds of thousands of dollars of donated medical supplies and equipment to treat people like Stephen. The great news is that Stephen will see the calendar turn from 2018 to 2019, and will have a chance at a happy, productive life. Stephen received surgery last week. The tumor was removed. He looks like a completely different guy. He will be discharged in a few days, and the reconstruction of his jaw will begin shortly thereafter.
Stories like these are what Project C.U.R.E. has written day after day, for over 30 years. We intervene in really tough, seemingly hopeless situations, and rewrite the outcome for thousands of people like Stephen. I have no way of knowing exactly how many people we have impacted over the years, but I know this, there are a lot more people who still need us to show up, to create a better future and provide a second chance at life. Their doctors and nurses will need the medical supplies and equipment that come in our C.U.R.E. Cargo containers. They need the hands-on care from our volunteers at the C.U.R.E. Clinics. They need us to help write their outcome with help and hope.
And this is where you can share in these stories. I’m sending this letter to you because you are a part of Project C.U.R.E.’s efforts to save lives. And at this time of year, when we give so generously to others from the blessings we have been given, I’m asking for your help to rewrite some new stories around the world.
We know that we can deliver a semi-truck sized container of medical relief for about $20,000, and historically the value of the supplies and equipment is approximately $400,000. We can squeeze about 40 pallets of medical supplies on a container, or to count differently, about 800 boxes. Inside those boxes, we can fit 800 pairs of gloves, or 300 catheters or 1,100 mixed gauge needles or 20 anesthesia circuit sets—all things that Stephen’s doctors needed to perform his surgery. And most of which are simply not available without the intervention of Project C.U.R.E. and partners like you.
Project C.U.R.E. specializes in changing lives and rewriting stories like Stephen’s and so many others. We have a life-altering opportunity to make 2019 the best year ever for people in every corner of the world by delivering five semi-truck trailers a week and enabling dozens of volunteers, medical professionals and partners around the world to collaborate. None of this can happen without the generosity of people like you who provide the money and resources to make it all happen.
Please travel with us. Volunteer in our warehouses. Support us financially. Like us on social media. Tell your friends. And share the stories you helped to write. Indeed, the real story is that we are changing the world.
Warmest Holiday Wishes,
W. Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD