MEDRIX is in the home stretch of our heart surgery campaign to fund five life-changing heart surgeries in Vietnam, and we could not be happier! The generosity and passion of our donors has touched the entire MEDRIX team and reminds us that on a truly global scale: we are all in this together! We had a huge week for donations last week, and sincerely thank all of the people who helped make it possible. Within one week, we raised $2475--that is literally 3x the amount we had raised already. MEDRIX supporters, you're amazing!
With heart disease being the most common birth defect and many children from rural villages in Vietnam living in extreme poverty, making a difference can seem like a daunting task. MEDRIX didn't start out with heart surgeries specifically in mind. The goal was to help and serve neighbors in Vietnam wherever it was needed. Once the need for heart support was recognized, MEDRIX jumped right in to help where able. Many heart defects require simple surgical corrections that would be considered "no big deal" in the United States. These simple corrections are often too expensive for many Vietnamese families--they often borrow whatever they cannot cover from family and friends. Even then, the additional expenses--lodging, transportation to Hue, food, clothing, etc.--keep families from being able to pursue healthy futures for their children. Kids with heart defects in Vietnam are usually unable to pursue any education because children walk or bike to school, activities which are too rigorous.
With the generosity of our supporters, MEDRIX is able to change the future of entire families in Vietnam. Through this campaign alone, we have received enough to fund three life-changing heart surgeries within the next calendar year. With one week left of our GlobalGiving campaign, what else can we accomplish? World Heart Day is this Wednesday, September 25--what better way to make a difference in global heart health than helping MEDRIX change the life of a child in Vietnam...forever! Share our project page on Facebook and tell your friends and family why this campaign touched your heart! Thank you always for supporting MEDRIX's mission to serve the people of Southeast Asia through medical and education projects.
MEDRIX has officially wrapped up Week 1 of our GlobalGiving campaign to fund five life-changing heart surgeries in Central Vietnam! We are so thankful to the generous donations we have received so far, and are excited to see the impact that these funds will make in the lives of children and their families in Southeast Asia.
Children's heart disease is the most common birth defect globally. 90% of children born in developing countries do not have access to the care they require, either because of geography or lack of financial stability. MEDRIX bridges both of these challenges for children in need of life-changing and life-saving heart surgeries. MEDRIX supports the entire family by sponsoring the surgery itself as well as supplementing everyday expenses on an "as-needed" basis--providing transportation, housing and food when the family cannot afford to do so while staying in urban Hue. This is important and often a huge obstacle for rural families living in poverty: even if they can save and/or borrow the money needed for the surgery itself, Hue is often a long journey from their village, so hotel accomodations are required. It has not been unknown to encounter families that, prior to sponsorship, plan on staying on the streets of Hue because they cannot afford a hotel room. Additionally, unlike Western hospitals, hospitals in Vietnam do not provide food for the patients; this responsibility falls back on the family. MEDRIX is proud to say that even when funds are tight, we have never had to turn away a family that has been approved for heart surgery sponsorship. We have always found a way to help our friends and neighbors in Vietnam when it has been needed!
MEDRIX has changed the face of health and hope in Vietnam by sponsoring five heart surgeries so far in 2013. With your support, we are on our way to sponsoring five more in the next calendar year! Tomorrow, September 10, GlobalGiving will match any donations made to MEDRIX by 25%! We encourage you to share the MEDRIX mission with your friends and family--tell them what inspired you to donate and why it touched your heart. Share our project page via e-mail or on Facebook, and thank you for supporting MEDRIX's mission to serve the people of Southeast Asia!
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