WESTON, Mo. (July 13, 2016) – LAUGHH Foundation, Inc. along with 40 volunteers will travel to rural areas outside Bucaramanga, Colombia from July 14 to July 22 for their third medical mission trip to help those in need of proper medical care. LAUGHH, a foundation based in Weston, began sponsoring medical missions in 2013 because of the significant need for medical care to rural areas in Colombia where medical attention is scarce and difficult to access due to the patients’ remote geographical location.
This July, the LAUGHH team will travel to four towns, each with important medical needs. More than 1,000 adults and 500 children will receive access to general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, wound care, optometry and physical therapy. Many will receive much needed canes, walkers and wheelchairs as well. In addition to primary medical care, vitamins and medications, LAUGHH patients also receive education, and this sets LAUGHH apart from most other medical missions. Patients receive education on chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, as it may apply to them. All patients receive education on diet and exercise. This year, LAUGHH will also add Total Body Awareness education for LAUGHH Press Release Add one women as breast cancer is detected most often after the cancer is advanced. Children also receive fluoride and all patients receive a new toothbrush.
“Often medical missions leave their patients with only a bandaid – like 30 days worth of medicine – a temporary solution to a chronic problem. We are all about making a sustainable difference to our patients and impacting them for generations to come. Education is the most lasting gift we can give. With the tools and knowledge that they get from us they will make changes in their diet and activity levels and achieve a healthier lifestyle, preventing future disease,” said Francie Stoner, founder and president of LAUGHH.
LAUGHH Foundation, Inc. is a non profit foundation based in Weston, Mo. LAUGHH stands for Live Abundantly Using Guided Helping Hands. Our mission is to serve those who are underserved through medical missions, support of educational ministries, and community service. For more information on how you can help, please visit www.laughh.org.