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Empowered to Stand

by Duncan Tree Foundation
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We provide life-altering spine surgery to adolescents with moderate to severe scoliosis at no cost in Jamaica and the Philippines. Surgery is critical before patients reach 18 to avoid permanent disfigurement and life-threatening complications. We provide cost-prohibitive implants for surgery, train local staff, and support highly-trained medical volunteers during our missions. We believe in empowering young people so that they can go on to live powerful lives and help reduce poverty globally.

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Severe scoliosis shortens lives. Thousands of disadvantaged pediatric patients are diagnosed with moderate to severe scoliosis, are currently on a waiting list for government-sponsored corrective surgery. Children in these situations typically do not receive surgery without desperately needed philanthropic intervention.


Since 2012 Duncan Tree aims to provide free implants to adolescents with moderate to severe scoliosis and other complex spine diseases. The majority of these patients have been on the hospital waiting list at KPH and other public hospitals. Duncan Tree medical volunteers also provide continuing medical education to local hospital staff in Jamaica and the Philippines to help them better manage difficult spine cases with more confidence and better patient outcomes.

Long-Term Impact

Through our project, hundreds of disadvantaged pediatric patients receive deformity surgery. Without intervention, these children face bullying, rejection and the prospect of permanent disfigurement and life-threatening complications as they grow due to progressive spine curvature. Hundreds and medical professionals have received advance training in complex spine case management through free CME courses. Duncan Tree will effectively introduce intraoperative neuro-monitoring as a core skill


News article from Jamaica Gleaner covering mission
News article from Jamaica Observer about mission
Jamaica Observer - All Woman Magazine interview
Jamaica Observer - Six adolescents receive surgery

Organization Information

Duncan Tree Foundation

Location: Jamaica, New York - USA
Project Leader:
Ouida Duncan
President & Founder
Long Island City, New York United States
$7,590 raised of $35,000 goal
141 donations
$27,410 to go
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