WHY WE SERVE
In this brief video, learn more about why LEAP mission volunteers serve the organization and continue doing so year after year. The hours are long, the work is hard, and while they use their vacation days to serve, missions are anything but relaxing.
Dr. Adam Hamawy
Dr. Adam Hamawy (pictured left) is a fellowship trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon and owner of Princeton Plastic Surgeons. In addition to being an accomplished surgeon, Dr. Hamawy is an avid photographer. His ability to artistically capture the natural beauty in a landscape or that of a single flower has aided him in doing the very same for each and every one of his patients. Dr. Hamawy led a team of plastic surgeons to serve on a week-long mission to al-Hamshari Hospital in Saida, Lebanon in August. This was Dr. Hamawy’s fourth disaster relief surgical mission; he also traveled with our 2008 Belize mission team.
“I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember, but I never knew why until after my first LEAP trip. Through that experience, I realized it is because I want to help people and to change lives, and medicine is a great avenue to do that. I have been given my gifts for a reason, and LEAP has shown me the importance of using my gifts to bless others.”
While our medical team was in Haiti in April, Christene and her mother returned for re-evaluation, and she was placed on the surgery schedule by plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Cone. While preparing for her surgery, Dr. Cone and plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Orten discussed Christene’s medical condition. Turner’s syndrome is a condition in which females are missing or partly missing an X chromosome with other varying associated signs and symptoms.