Events: WSF Community Night @ Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches

March 23, 2014

Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches in Silver Spring Commons will be holding a Community Night to benefit the World Surgical Foundation. Bring your family and friends to enjoy great food and great company while supporting the foundation. 25% of the cost of your meal will go directly to WSF.

Monday, 24 March 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches

Silver Spring Commons

6520 Carlisle Pike

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

+1 717 7951925 [for takeout orders] [online orders use coupon code: FUND]

Please bring the flyer with you to Isaac’s if you are dining in!

Click HERE to download and print the Isaac’s Flyer.

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Mission Update: Philippines 2014 – WSF vs. Old Man Winter

February 18, 2014

In spite of Winter Storm Pax causing flight cancellations as far away as Tokyo (NRT) to Manila (MNL) and forcing the World Surgical Foundation crew in Pennsylvania to venture out ahead of the storm on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 to Detroit (DTW), MI by bus or plane, and winter storms in Japan canceling the flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) on Thursday, 13 February, all the doctors, nurses, and volunteer staff were able to travel safely to General Santos City for WSF’s 2014 Philippines Surgical Mission.

Sunday screening and stock room setup went smoothly as 250+ patients were placed on the schedule for the eight (8) OR stations, and 51 balikbayan boxes were inventoried and catalogued for this 6-day surgical camp. The entire crew was finally assembled on Monday at General Santos City District Hospital as the first day of surgery was well underway.

Day 1 of surgery for this 6-day mission has come and gone with at least 40 major procedures already completed with another 200+ scheduled for the remainder of the week. WSF would like to thank Kendra Nichols and Jon Eirkson from abc27 News in Harrisburg for accompanying us. We need all the help we can get in spreading the word about the work World Surgical Foundation is doing to help reduce the surgical burden of disease in developing countries. And abc27 has been instrumental in reporting the growing and continuing need for such work in places like Honduras and the Philippines.

Check back here for updates as the week continues. Thank you for all your help and support. Remember to tell your friends and family about WSF so we can continue to heal the world one patient at a time.

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Mission Status: Philippines 2014

February 6, 2014

The World Surgical Foundation will be screening patients for its annual surgical mission in the Philippines on 16 February 2014 at General Santos City Hospital. Surgeries are scheduled from 17 to 21 February with eight OR stations operating at the same time. WSF expects to perform at least 250 major procedures in the areas of pediatrics, plastics, urology, ENT, Maxillofacial, OB/GYN, and general as well as any emergency surgeries not already on the pre-screened patient lists plus 50 minor procedures under local anesthesia.

After completing the mission in General Santos City, Drs. Domingo and Veneranda Alvear travel to Cebu City where WSF is holding its 3rd Annual Pull-through Mission, screening patients on 23 February 2014, and performing surgeries from 24 to 26 February. Dr. Alvear and seven local pediatric surgeons working at four OR stations are teaming up on this focused mission. Forty patients with various anorectal malformations are listed for surgery.

World Surgical Foundation continues to hold these pull-through missions because only a limited number of patients can be helped each year. Anorectal malformations occur once in every 4,500 live births, and many of these can be corrected immediately. Patients that are unable to have corrective surgery right away receive a temporary colostomy and may have to wait years or live with a colostomy bag for life. This is where WSF steps in to change their lives by giving them a normal life instead of being ostracized and hiding in shame.

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Disaster Relief: Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

November 13, 2013

World Surgical Foundation has been traveling to the Philippines for over 15 years providing medical aid to this island nation. WSF needs your help now more than ever in light of the devastation from Super Typhoon Haiyan. Our next mission is scheduled for February 2014. WSF president and founder, Dr. Domingo T. Alvear, will be in the Philippines at the end of the month to assess the damage and re-evaluate what supplies are needed for the upcoming surgical mission.

Donate today!

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2014 Philippines Surgical Mission

November 9, 2013

World Surgical Foundation will be holding its next mission in the Philippines at General Santos City Hospital from 16 to 21 February 2014. WSF expects to perfrom at least 250 surgeries in the areas of pediatrics, plastics, urology, OB/GYN and general. Screening will be performed on Sunday, 16 February with surgeries from 17 to 21 February 2014. WSF has already shipped 51 boxes of medical supplies including 1 electrosurgical generator (Bovie) in preparation for the mission.

Check back here for updates or for more information write:

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MIssion Update: Honduras 2013 – Three Days Down

September 26, 2013

The World Surgical Foundation has completed three days of surgery on its annual surgical brigade in San Pedro Sula at the Dr. Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital. WSF has been traveling to Honduras for the past 12 years offering free medical services to the poor in conjunction with Casa Corazón. The majority of doctors, nurses and volunteers arrived on 21 September 2013 with the remainder arriving on Sunday, 22 September just in time to help set up for the week. Screening of patients was also on Sunday with 125-150 patients diagnosed and scheduled for this 6-day surgical mission.

Stay tuned here for updates or a more in-depth acount on the official WSF Mission Blog. And remember to Like Us on Facebook!

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Press: Dr. Leber featured on WGAL-TV 8

September 17, 2013

Dr. David C. Leber was featured in a two-part story on WGAL-TV 8 about a local Pennsylvania boy born with microtia, a congenital deformity where the pinna (external ear) is underdeveloped. Dr. Leber performed ear reconstructive surgery granting the boy his wish – for other children to stop asking him what happened to his ear. Leber has done many of these surgeries and his long-time hobby helps him in the operating room.

Part 1: 7-year-old boy from Pennsylvania gets new, reconstructed ear

Part 2: Meet the doctor behind the ear reconstruction surgery

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Events: 2013 Klare S. Sunderland Memorial Golf Classic

August 7, 2013

The Klare S. Sunderland Memorial Golf Tournament celebrates the memory and legacy of a man known for his generosity to countless people and charitable organizations. Born 14 August 1934, he was raised in McVeytown, PA and spent most of his adult life in the Harrisburg area. He was a son of the late Steward and Sara Alice “Dolly” (Moore) Sunderland and passed away in his home on the 6th of January 2013 at the age of 78.

Klare graduated from McVeytown High School in 1952 and Juniata College in 1956. He was president of his high school and college senior classes. Klare was a special and charismatic individual and a born entrepreneur. During his lifetime he bought and sold over 17 automobile dealerships and at the time of his death was president of the Sun Motor Cars Automotive Group in Mechanicsburg, PA and the Orland Park Mercedes-Benz and BMW dealerships in Orland Park, IL.

As devoted family man, Klare enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, attending sporting and musical events, and encouraging a spirit of philanthropy and generosity. He also enjoyed sharing his cabin in Clearfield County with family and friends as well as hunting in Montana.

In recognition of his accomplishments and honor his personal investment in the health and well being of those in need, World Surgical Foundation presents the Klare S. Sunderland Memorial Golf Classic on 16 September 2013 celebrating a commitment to global, sustainable healthcare.

The tournament registration deadline is 9 September 2013. For more information about sponsorship opportunities and the various levels of support download the tournament brochure and registration form or e-mail Nancy Cohen.


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2013 Klare S. Sunderland Memorial Golf Classic

July 9, 2013

The 1st Annual Klare S. Sunderland Memorial Golf Classic will be held Monday, 16 September 2013 at the West Shore Country Club and we hope you will be a part of it.

Proceeds generated from this event will benefit the World Surgical Foundation which provides health care to children and adults in areas around the globe where it is not readily available. Since 1997 volunteer surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians, and ancillary personnel have worked together to coordinate medical missions where they donate their time, energy, and talent to provide services and distribute medical equipment to people in Africa, South and Central America, Asia, and Europe.

We ask you to consider participating as a golfer or sponsor of this event offering you visibility and acknowledgement for your support of global, sustainable health care. Download the tournament brochure and registration form for more information about sponsorship opportunities and the various levels of support. The deadline for registration is 9 September 2013.

An Awards Reception will occur at the conclusion of the event that will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. We look forward to celebrating with all golfers and saluting our sponsors at that time. Please share information regarding this event with your colleagues, friends, and anyone looking for a great day of golf for a good cause!

If you have questions about the 1st Annual Klare S. Sunderland Memorial Golf Classic please e-mail Nancy Cohen or call +1 717 2321404.

Click here to view or download the Sunderland Memorial Golf Classic brochure and registration form.

We look forward to seeing you on the links for an enjoyable day and evening!


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WSF Philippines Mission 2013: The Power to Change Lives

June 3, 2013

Bernie Lopez, a Filipino journalist and videographer, accompanied the World Surgical Foundation on its medical mission to Coron, Palawan, Philippines from 24 – 28 February 2013. The following documentary showcases WSF’s Adopt-a-Hospital program, highlights the importance of collaboration with local physicians and gives the viewer an up-close look at a World Surgical Foundation mission and its volunteers.

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