Monthly Archives: March 2016

Landmark Update: Thalia

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Thalia at 3-29-16 ApptAs you know, LEAP is blessed to have the great honor of helping children with complex craniofacial problems through our Landmark Program. We have helped approximately 50 children from around the world through this program, bringing them to Dallas for free surgical care that often requires the generous hearts of our LEAP family and community partners to help these patients and their families while living here.

Thalia was first evaluated by our 2001 Dominican Republic mission team when she was only an infant. She was first brought to Dallas through our Landmark Program in early 2002, making her one of our longest-served Landmark recipients. Since that time, Thalia has received surgical care when the mission team travels to the Dominican Republic, usually annually, and on multiple occasions, she has traveled to Dallas for more complex surgical care.

Thalia and her mother arrived in Dallas early last week and were eagerly greeted by Martin Rojas, who graciously spent the afternoon helping to translate at several appointments with Dr. Craig Hobar, Dr. Grant Gilliland (LEAP Board Member), and ocularist Randy Trawnik. Thalia’s most recent surgery was Tuesday afternoon at Medical City Children’s Hospital. Drs. Hobar and Gilliland operated on Thalia for five hours with an overnight stay in the hospital. Thalia has recovered extremely well, will receive a new prosthetic eye by Randy Trawnik, and will then travel home on Tuesday morning, April 5. When our mission team travels to the Dominican Republic in September, we will evaluate Thalia again.

A special thank you to Mimi Gilliland, Martin Rojas, and Leslie Clayton for providing transportation, comfort, and support for Thalia and her mom during their stay.

If you are interested in learning more about the Landmark Program, please contact the LEAP office at (972) 566-6550.

Haiti Anesthesia Team

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Pediatric Anesthesiologists Dr. Latha Kampalath (right) and Dr. Pooja Dalsania (left)

Pediatric Anesthesiologists Dr. Latha Kampalath (right) and Dr. Pooja Dalsania (left)

LEAP’s mission trip to Haiti is just around the corner! Leading our anesthesia team is pediatric anesthesiologist Dr. Latha Kampalath. Also on the anesthesia team are seasoned LEAPers Dr. Tommy Spain and Phuong Luong, who will work together to provide exceptional anesthesia care. New to our team is anesthesia fellow Dr. Kayla Bryan, who will be traveling with LEAP for the very first time.

We are particularly thankful to Phuong who leads anesthesia supply packing at our warehouse. This allows us to be best prepared in the mission field and is a critical element to the overall team. To each of these humanitarian anesthesia providers and to our other medical volunteers who give their time and talents to selflessly serve these children in need, we are most grateful.

Over the last five years, LEAP has traveled biannually to Port-au-Prince to provide hope, help and healing to the beautiful children of Haiti. We are blessed by our wonderful local partners who work tirelessly to help facilitate our mission of service.

Haiti Surgical Team

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Dr. Jeffrey Cone

LEAP’s mission trip to Haiti is just around the corner! Leading our entire team of 23 volunteers is pediatric craniofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Cone (Austin), who will be working alongside Dr. Steve Orten (Dallas) in the plastic surgery operating room. In the second operating room, pediatric urologist Dr. Candace Granberg (Minneapolis) and pediatric general surgeon Dr. Jim Wood (Baton Rouge) will work together to provide exceptional surgical care.

We are thankful to these humanitarian surgeons and to our other medical volunteers who give their time and talents to selflessly serve these children in need. Over the last five years, LEAP has traveled biannually to Port-au-Prince to provide hope, help and healing to the beautiful children of Haiti. We are blessed by our wonderful local partners who work tirelessly to help facilitate our mission of service.

Host Families Needed

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unnamed-5Many of you are familiar with our Landmark Program, which brings children with the most severe craniofacial problems to Dallas from locations around the world in order to provide free medical and surgical care that is simply not an option in their home countries. There are many details that require coordinating to plan for these children to travel to Dallas, including staying with a loving host family.

We have been very blessed by the many LEAP volunteers who have opened their homes to these children and sometimes a family member for varying periods of time, depending upon their surgical needs and circumstances. Providing transportation for medical appointments and other needs is also involved.

Each year, we plan to bring four children to Dallas, and we are looking for loving host families to help. If you are interested in learning more about hosting or would like to be involved with this program, please contact the LEAP office at (972) 566-6550.

Cupcakes for a Cause

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Cupcakes4Cause_FB_2Join us for a sweet Saturday of fun at our 5th annual Cupcakes for a Cause, a gathering of cupcake lovers to share and eat cupcakes for a great cause! Activities include bounce house, Zorb ball racing, giant slides, cupcake decorating, face painting, cupcake-eating contests, photo booth, raffle, and more! Highland Capital Management, L.P. has agreed once again to provide a matching grant up to $25,000, and the Okada Family Foundation is also generously providing a matching grant of $10,000. All proceeds will be donated to LEAP Global Missions, so this means that your donation can make a substantial difference to our global children!

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Service Project Update: Hyer Elementary

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LEAP Director of Finance Emily Cook

The students in Hyer Elementary’s Kindness and Compassion (KC) Club are committed to serving others by participating in community service projects. Last fall, the KC Club, open to fourth-graders, collected socks and blankets to give to a homeless shelter. Hyer Counselor Linde Thompson says her students are inspired to go forth to serve.

This year, the students selected LEAP Global Missions as one of their service projects. These compassionate students collected 2,500 diapers and 250 toothbrushes to help fill our patients’ post-operative totes. Thank you, KC Club, for spreading kindness to other children across the globe and making a difference!