Dear Faithful Friends & Supporters,
"It's 'a happiness' to know you are coming! Thank you very much."
Face the Challenge's Trip #36 will be to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam to attend the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the OMFH. We have been invited to attend this special event on January 18-19. The first time an FTC team performed free facial surgeries at the OMFH was in February 1995, or 21 year ago!
Randy was asked to give a lecture at this event and will present on the "Management of Potential and Actual Complications of Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery." Also, on behalf of FTC, we will donate,
1) titanium reconstructive bone plates and screws for facial tumor and trauma patients and,
2) two 1,485-page surgical text books, one each to: the OMFH and the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology (NHOS), Cholon District.
Each newly-published text is called the: Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by Deepak Kademani, DMD, MD, & Paul S. Tiwana, DDS, MD. There are nearly 260 contributors; either practicing surgeons, surgery professors, or researchers.
Such chapters include features on: orthognathic, craniofacial, cleft lip/palate surgeries, cranio-maxillo-facial injuries, benign and malignant tumors, and reconstructive, TMJ (jaw joint), and esthetic facial surgeries. These state-of-the-art texts' illustrations and descriptions of each facial surgery procedure are excellent.
It has been a passion for us to provide free facial surgeries for many with needs, but also to mentor specialists we encounter in our travels. We aim to "hand off" skill sets, while we offer support, understanding, and encouragement.
It is gratifying to witness our hosts' mutual passion for better education, their self-discipline to achieve, and their courage to follow their dreams to improve the lives of others. We look forward to this important trip and sharing more soon! We appreciate your support, too!
Two Sites: Potter's Field Ministries Base + Local Hospital
We were asked to consider traveling with a Potter's Field Ministries Medical Team from the Flathead Valley near Whitefish, MT. Of common purpose as our own, they hoped we could take a scouting trip with them in January 2016 and possibly sending a surgical team thereafter.
During their next missions trip, nearly 30 members will be led by Daniel Munzing, MD of Glacier Medical Associates. They plan to offer medical care during screenings for 1200-1500 children and adults. Some of these indigent people have facial deformities as well.
Since we will be traveling to Vietnam at about the same time, we needed to decline their invitation this time. We have chosen to offer $10,000.00 of FTC funds toward their outreach efforts and will send useful medications we have available. These funds will be used for the general medical needs of many and travel-related costs for their team. To learn more, you may follow their updates at www.pottersfield.org and on Facebook at Potter's Field Ministries (PFM).
We are thankful for each of you who have supported us with your prayers, steadfast friendship, and financial support. May God be honored through all Face the Challenge does.
In Him, Our Health and Hope,
Randy and Ginger, along with our Boards and Teams
Ginger H. Robinson, BSN, RN, Cardiac//Critical Care, President
Randolph C. Robinson, MD, DDS, Oral, Maxillofacial, and Craniofacial Surgeon, Co-Founder
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