Preston resident heads to Haiti on aid mission

January 30, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW — 9:40 a.m. Jan. 30, 2010

Preston resident Mark Bowers heads to Haiti on Saturday on a medical mission with a team of 14 other nurses and medical support professionals.

The group was scheduled to go to Haiti to help orphans and people in villages surrounding orphanages before the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit 12 miles from Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, Jan. 12.

Now they will go to provide more trauma and triage support to victims of the earthquake.

“Our plan is to hit the ground running and do clinics every day that we are there, a total of nine clinics a day from dawn to dusk,” he said. “In this case, it will be a little different than our original plan in that the earthquake will have us focus on people that are affected more in terms of trauma or in terms of affected by illnesses of poverty.

“In addition, though, we’ll continue to do routine medical care and treatments that we would have been doing, like de-worming children, providing eyeglasses and providing medication and formal treatment.”

Bowers leaves Saturday, but you can still help him, by donating to the cause by sending a check to: Issaquah Christian Church, Attention: Bowers Haiti, P.O. Box 1028 Issaquah, 98027.

Because the team’s airfare and ground expenses have already been covered, every penny donation will go directly toward helping Haitian earthquake victims.

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