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A Look Back: Final Medical Program Highlights for 2016

As we bring you highlights from the final months of 2016, we want you to know that your love and support has made it possible for children in three different countries to feel better, smile more, and dare to hope for their futures.


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A Busy Week for our Unity Initiative

Our Unity Initiative works in partnership with hospital foundations to assist impoverished families meet the medical needs of their children. This program fills in the gaps to help families during an incredibly stressful time. This week, we have quite a few children and their families either preparing for or having surgery. Join us as we meet a few!

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Helping Impoverished Rural Families with Cleft Needs

Many rural, farming families seeking medical care for their cleft-affected children must travel long distances over difficult terrain.  The nearest hospital may be located many hours or even a day’s journey from their homes in the countryside, and most families travel by long-distance bus or trains to get their child medical help. Not only is travel difficult, but they must also arrange for time away from their fields and farms, or herds, or ask for time away from their jobs.

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Medical care in China must typically be paid for up front, and it can be difficult for families to learn that they don’t have adequate funds for the surgery their child needs after they have made such a long journey. Read more.

Norah: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Six-month-old Norah lives with her family of seven in rural Anhui province. With little land and low income, this family of seven has experienced great financial hardship.  Read more.

Briella: Cleft Surgery for a Nomadic Family

Although we have done some work on the Tibetan Plateau through our Unity Initiative, we recently received our first application from a Mongolian family living there:  Briella and her mom. Briella’s mother is a nomadic herder on the remote grasslands of Qinghai province. During the summer, mother and daughter live in a tent as they follow a herd of grazing yaks. In the winter, when temperatures can get to -30 Celsius, they live in an earthen house with other herders in a remote village. Read more.

Relief for Maci and Her Family

Our Unity Initiative was designed to help impoverished families remain together, despite the sometimes overwhelming costs of medical care for children needing surgeries and medical care.  A new family just learned of our Unity Initiative, and we are honored to have the opportunity to be able to help them get surgery for their daughter, Maci.

This family’s income is just $500 per year, and it is not exaggerating to state that they truly do not have money to spare. We can imagine how their hearts sank when they learned that their baby daughter had a heart defect that would require surgery. Read more

Celebrating the Dads Who Touch Our Hearts

On Father’s Day in the US, many of us reflect on childhood memories with our father. Some of us are fortunate enough to spend Father’s Day surrounded by our family, making memories we hope will last for years to come. Fatherhood is definitely a privilege worthy of celebration.

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As a Board Member of LWB, I have been blessed to witness a number of men show me what it truly means to be a father. Read more

Unity Initiative: Help Us Say “Yes”

In the work we do helping impoverished families receive medical care in China, we have found that raising funds for children in need of cleft repairs can sometimes be a complicated affair, primarily due to timing. Today we wanted to explain how many of the surgeries are arranged.

Many rural, farming families live a long distance from the top hospitals in their province known for providing cleft surgeries. The nearest hospital or clinic isn’t just down the street. Instead, it may be located many hours or even a day’s travel from their homes in the countryside, and getting there often takes quite a lot of effort. Read more.

Unity In Action

Our Unity Initiative has seen a lot of action this past month! We thought now would be a good time to provide some updates on the families that we have committed to helping.

It’s now been two months since conjoined twins Harley and James had their separation surgery, and they are doing wonderfully.  Last week, their parents and grandmother brought them to the hospital in Shanghai for clubfoot repair.
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Unity Initiative: Helping Families From Yunnan

LWB’s Unity Initiative has been in place for eight years now, with the hope of relieving the desperation felt by rural families who cannot afford medical care for their children.  Recently, more and more families in the far western province of Yunnan have learned about this program, and in the last few weeks alone, we have had eight families apply for help.

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This week, we learned about a young couple who are farmers near Zhaotong, a mountainous and remote town in northeastern Yunnan. It is a six hour bus ride from their rural home to the capitol city of Kunming, and they arrived this week hoping someone would be able to help their baby daughter, whom we are calling Dulce, to have the cleft surgery she needs. Read more.

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