Crestview volunteers prepare for medical mission trip


A number of local residents this month will provide medical supplies, health education and clinical treatments for impoverished Belizeans. This is the mission's fifth consecutive year for the trip.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Needy Belizeans in impoverished villages will receive medical supplies, health education and clinical treatments this month thanks to a local team.

Dr. Joseph Peter, of Crestview Pediatrics and Adolescent Center — along with 16 other volunteers — will visit the Central American country from Aug. 17 through Sept. 1. Four doctors, three registered nurses, a dietician, a respiratory therapist and a pharmacist are among those paying their way to help others.

It'll be the fifth consecutive visit for Peter, who organized fundraisers to purchase medical supplies for use at five villages. Volunteers also will take school supplies, a few toys and gardening seeds.

The trip is a first for registered nurses Fallon Simmons and Loren Wilkinson of Crestview.

Hearing about a co-worker's past medical mission inspired Simmons to join the effort.

“She said it was one the best experiences she ever had,” Simmons stated in an email. “I am personally looking forward to being able to help people who are much less fortunate than most of us.”

Wilkinson learned about the mission after taking her children to Peter’s office for evaluations.

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