Monthly Archives: May 2014

Landmark Program Update: Danny

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Danny_laughingDanny is an absolute ray of hope. This beautiful boy has been perfectly and uniquely made.

Danny is an orphan from China. At first glance, many are a little taken aback upon meeting him. You would think he would be shy or reserved but not Danny! He has never met a stranger and greets everyone with a huge smile. Danny is extraordinary. He is full of love and joy. He plays with everyone, frequently reaching out for a cuddle or a hug that would melt your heart.

Danny attends the first grade at a school for the blind in China. He lives in an apartment next to the school with five other boys. He does well in school. While he has vision in his left eye, Danny is learning braille as well as the alphabet. He gets along well with everyone in his house, but he plays with his friend Harry the most. He likes learning new things and loves anything with a screen, especially an iPad.

Danny enjoys playing games. He is also very ticklish, and everyone at the orphanage loves to tickle him, just so they can hear his precious laughter. When Danny is truly happy, he dissolves into fits of giggling that are very hard to control. Then, everyone else around him just starts laughing! Joy abounds.

LEAP is currently working on bringing Danny to Dallas for surgery in late August. He is expected to stay in Dallas up to 12 weeks. We already have a wonderful host family who are making plans for Danny’s arrival!

Please keep Danny in your prayers as we work through the logistics of acquiring approval for him to travel to the states. More updates to follow!

Excerpts from Chloe Banks, Bethel China



Ethan in Haiti

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screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-22-56-pmParent missionaries to Ethan, who were serving in South America, found their way to LEAP through Dr. Liz Drum, anesthesiologist medical volunteer, who happened to be traveling to Haiti in May with LEAP. Ethan was in need of a pediatric specialty surgeon who was also traveling with the team – would it be possible for the family to bring Ethan from South America to be evaluated by Dr. Clanton Harrison? Arrangements were made, dad and Ethan flew to Port-au-Prince, they were seen by Dr. Harrison, and surgery was scheduled. Over the next few days, Ethan and his father captured the hearts of the entire team. Ethan wrote us a beautiful card of thanks, and he brought us an abundance of joy. We were blessed, our hearts were full, and we shall not forget this wonderful family. From Dallas to Port-au-Prince, from South America to Port-au-Prince, God connected us.









Reflections on Haiti by Marie Dimaano

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IMG_2198The LEAP team landed in Port-au-Prince, and we were picked up at the airport and promptly brought to Hôpital Espoir. We walked in, and work began immediately. The team split up to their respective areas for evaluations: plastics, ENT, and urology. My only job was to see the patient and family before Dr. Hobar, take their name, address, phone number, contact for follow up, age, gender, and finally take their weight. Simple enough – but the language barrier posed a problem for me initially, even with the assistance of a translator. Soon a flow was established, and many patients were seen for evaluation.

On the 2nd and 3rd day, I spent most of my time in the pre- and post-operative room. We prepared the patients for surgery by taking vitals, entertaining them while they waited, and keeping them comfortable. After surgery, the kids were brought back to us from the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). We measured, mixed, and labeled antibiotics and pain medications specific for each child.

Despite the language barrier, one thing that was always understood by the LEAP volunteers and the patients’ families was that we were there for their children. I understood and saw each parent’s gratefulness. I clearly saw their love for their child. Moms of patients hugged me. I was given strokes on the back and arms when their child came out of surgery. Some knew how to say thank you in English. Most communicated their love and appreciation by their body language. I could see their shoulders relax when the stress of understanding our instructions passed. They sat back and looked at their sleeping child, and I knew a great weight had been lifted.

Love. Love is powerful. It breaks down barriers and fuses relationships. I could not speak their language, but I’m certain they knew that we loved their children.

Love brought us thousands of miles from Dallas to a small hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Each time I passed a mom in the waiting room, we locked eyes, smiled, and for a moment, shared the greatest language of all: LOVE.

Linda and Paige Hardison, 2014 Gala Co-Chairs

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momandmeMeet the 2014 co-chairs for our annual LEAP Gala, Linda and Paige Hardison, an energetic mother-daughter duo who love LEAP! Linda stays fit and maintains her energy by running laps with her hunting dogs, so she can eat as many nachos as she possibly can! She is currently studying Romans in her Community Bible Study; her favorite verse is Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Linda’s daughter, Paige, became a patient of Dr. Hobar’s approximately ten years ago. Since then, God has worked LEAP into their lives. Paige enjoys golfing with her family and volunteering for Young Texans Against Cancer with her older sister, Holly. Paige’s favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” On gorgeous sunny days, Paige loves spending time with her two dogs and being with friends. She has been in the event planning industry for almost three years, and Paige has begun her own boutique event firm this year! Linda and Paige have been putting in the miles this year, traveling to Cabo, Aspen,  and soon to Zimbabwe with the LEAP team! More updates on the latter in June.Preparing for the LEAP Gala has been enormously enjoyable with these two fun-loving co-chairs. Many planning meetings have already been held, and committees are underway to ensure a wonderful annual event, LEAP Around The World, on the evening of Thursday, October 2, 2014, held at 3015 at Trinity Groves. There will be a VIP pre-event gathering, wonderful food prepared by celebrity chef Sharon van Meter, and an auction. It will be a lively, dynamic event as this venue is already home to many memorable events located at the base of Dallas’ newest landmark, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which offers a stunning view of the skyline. So mark your calendars!

If you would like to donate, sponsor, or otherwise be involved with this awesome event, please contact Adella Winder at or call (972) 566-6550. We look forward to seeing you there!


Richard Bailey, Volunteer

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10304497_10152371971042254_8425840314889678705_nRichard Bailey is one of LEAP’s most dedicated volunteers, a paramedic fireman with a busy schedule who also has his own moving company, Bluebonnet Moving Services. Richard graciously volunteers to transport our trunks and other medical supplies to/from the warehouse and airport on each of our mission trips. He does this out of the goodness of his heart and is such an important part of the success of our mission trips. Thank you, Richard!



Mad about Madden

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Meet Madden Sinnes, one of our youth LEAP family members! Madden is an extraordinary young man. He is compassionate, ambitious, tender-hearted, and exceptionally dedicated, along with having many gifts and talents.

To illustrate one of his great talents, Madden, who turns 10 years old tomorrow, is an unbelievable junior golfer! Since March 2013, Madden has played in the US Kids and NTPGA Jr. Tours. He finished second place in the NTPGA Jr. All-American Tournament, and since the summer of 2013, Madden has won seven gold medals, six silver medals, and fifteen bronze medals!! His handicap is 5 with an average score in the low 40’s. Wow!

Madden also has an enormous heart with a great compassion for the LEAP Foundation and its mission. Combining this with his gifts and talents, this young man and his wonderful mom, Kristen, have been preparing for LEAP’s first junior golf tournament to be held at Brookhaven Country Club on July 27, 2014! Mark your calendars because this is going to be a spectacular event with many exciting opportunities for participants.

Please visit the LEAP Fore Kids website at, and go to Madden’s Facebook page, LEAP Fore Kids Jr. Charity Golf Tournament at If you would like to volunteer at the tournament, sponsor a junior golfer, or make a donation, please contact Adella at

We could not be more proud! Go Madden!