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Women’s Faith Forum Luncheon
Held at the Kravis Center on Thursday, January 28, 2010
Singer Performing will be Melky Jean (Wyclef sister)
Luncheon raised gifts, talents and resources; all money raised 100% went back to the organizations included below.
The Carma Foundation’s, Founder Melky Jean
Is a non-profit organization classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of Carma is to measurably improve the health of poor and vulnerable women and children in Haiti. Carma Foundation effectively utilizes media and pop culture to create a platform of awareness, dialogue and action. Carma Foundation an urban spin on karma, embodies the belief of cause and effect behavior or practices to affect the lives of others. It is with this belief that Carma Foundation mobilizes others to not only care, but to become involved. Since its inception in 2007, Carma Foundation has already impacted the lives of tens of thousands of Haitian women and children and plans to extend its reach to the millions of Haitian citizens.
Hospital Albert Schweitzer
Speech by Jennifer Grant- Founder’s daughter
Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) opened in 1956 in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, fulfilling the dreams of its founders, Dr. Larimer and Gwen Mellon, to serve others with medical needs.
Larry Mellon, who had left his family home and a life of privilege in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a young man to become a rancher in Arizona, was inspired by a 1947 Life magazine article about Albert Schweitzer and his hospital in Gabon, West Africa. Larry began a correspondence with Dr. Schweitzer, and with his encouragement, attended Tulane Medical School where he began to study tropical medicine at the age of 42. While visiting Haiti to complete a malaria research project, Larry and Gwen discovered a setting for what would become their lives efforts. Named for Larry’s mentor, Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti opened as a 100-bed facility with diagnostic, clinical and surgical services.
Today, nearly 50 years after its founding, Hospital Albert Schweitzer is an 80 bed hospital and health system based in rural Deschapelles-Haiti, serving 300,000 residents of the Artibonite River Valley. Hospital Albert Schweitzer, whose success is seen as a model for health programs in other developing countries, is comprised of three interrelated and cooperative divisions: the Hospital, Community Health and Community Development.
The hospital facility serves patients in Medicine, Surgery and Pediatrics, while outpatient clinics serve patients on a daily basis. Two operating theaters, a laboratory, X-ray services, and a pharmacy combine to support a culturally appropriate level of care.
A separate tuberculosis village, L’Escale, provides initial treatment to patients during the infectious phase of the disease. Early in the hospital’s history, the professional staff was primarily expatriates. Now 98% of staff of all medical departments are filled by Haitians. The Hospital has 11,000 admissions each year and 52,000 clinic visits. Over 90,000 prescriptions are dispensed each year.
The greatest health challenges the hospital faces include malnutrition, Tuberculosis, AIDS (often coupled with TB), and an increasing number of trauma cases, mostly due to a recently paved road through the Hospital Albert Schweitzer district, and resulting car, bus and moped accidents.
3rd Annual Tree of Life Foundation International Luncheon Sponsored by Holland America Line benefiting Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation on Saturday, November 17th, 2012. Holland America Line is pleased to support charities like Tree of Life Foundation International and Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation that benefit people in our home port community of South Florida.
Tree of Life Foundation International presented the 3rd Annual Luncheon, “Walk In My Shoes” to benefit Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation (JJCCF). Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit local families in crisis fighting childhood cancer.
Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation was created in 2004 shortly after Sandra Muvdi lost her only child to cancer. The Foundation has assisted over 1,600 children and family member impacted by pediatric cancer through the Emergency Financial Assistance program; it also advocates for and raises awareness of childhood cancer. The Foundation serves the patients of all hospitals (7) and clinics (1) treating pediatric oncology in South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties), and is headquartered at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Guests of honor was 6 year-old cancer hero Cara Dennis and her parents who received emergency financial assistance, hope, compassion and love from the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation while fighting Stage IV Neuroblastoma (nerve tissue cancer). Cara is in remission and enjoying normal life attending elementary school.
HOLLAND AMERICA LUNCHEON/JJCCF
2nd Annual Tree of Life Foundation International Luncheon Sponsored by Holland America Line benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Saturday, November 12th, 2011.
Tree of Life Foundation International presented the 2nd annual luncheon “ Walk in my Shoes” to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through researches and treatment consistent with the vision of the Founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or family’s ability to pay.
Supporters of the Tree of Life Foundation and St Jude’s have attended the luncheon aboard ms. Eurodam at the Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale. The luncheon consisted of a three course menu, followed by entertainer Dr. Adlan Cruz one of the most talented pianist in America. A video about St. Jude’s and a touching speech from one of St. Jude’s former parent was part of the program.
Walking in my Shoes Luncheon benefited Hai’s Hope
Amanda Schumacher, Founder of the Tree of Life Foundation International, hosted Walk in my Shoes Luncheon on May 18, 2011. Proceeds from event benefitted Tree of Life Foundation Medical Branch, to fund 100% of Hai Nguyen’s surgery.
Brio’s Restaurant, Palm Beach Gardens was the Grand Sponsor for the luncheon, Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach Gardens and Paris in Town Café also supported the Fundraiser.
Guests of the Luncheon were long time supporters and friends of the Tree of Life Foundation, such as Julie Healey founder of Be a Star Foundation, Barbara Nicklaus, Mary Warren, Jane Elizabeth Wall, Dr. and Mrs. William Adkins, Christine Do, Cindy Nguyen and many others.
WALK IN MY SHOES LUNCHEON/SCHUMACHER’S RESIDENCE
PRESS RELEASE FROM TUOITRENEWS (VIETNAM)
Amanda Schumacher has dedicated time and effort contacting many major hospitals and universities in her hometown, and launched charity campaigns to fundraise for the surgery of a Vietnamese man.
She is the Founder of The Tree of Life Foundation International headquartered in Palm Beach, Florida, and the man is Nguyen Duy Hai, whose 198 Lbs tumor was removed from his right leg at the Ho Chi Minh City-based FV Hospital in early January 2012.
If you visit the Foundation at www.treeoflifefi.org, the column “Help Hai” appears in a key position on the interface. When you click it on, you see an introductory letter written by Amanda, detailing Hai’s story. When asked why, she simply says: “Our goal is to help individuals like Hai, with dedication and passion.”
Dedicated knocking on all doors
Amanda found out of Hai’s health condition through Cindy, his biological sister, who is an employee at a Vietnamese-owned beauty salon in Florida, in 2009. Feeling special compassion towards the poor man, she decided to raise funds for him, although she had only talked with him via Skype once before.
The Tree of Life Foundation has been helping Hai since 2009. They have raised funds for him a few times and sent his family money for medications. Amanda also gave Hai a laptop for entertainment.
After a period of time, she realized that it could not be a permanent solution for Hai, so she tried to bring him to the US for surgery.
In July, 2009, she contacted Dr. Bruce Perler, Director of Surgery Vascular – John Hopkins Hospital, to search for support for Hai’s transportation to the US. One month later, she contacted Oprah’s Foundation, founded by world-renowned host Oprah Winfrey, seeking financial support both to bring Hai to the US and for his surgery, but again, she did not succeed.
Disappointed, but not discouraged, in February 2010, Amanda contacted the office of Florida Senator George LeMieux. At the same time, she emailed the US consulate in Ho Chi Minh City to suggest bringing Hai to the US for tests, exams, and pre-surgical evaluation with an expected length of stay between 6-12 months.
She tried all manner of ways to bring him to the US and make his surgery a reality but his visa was denied.
Despite this difficulty, her heart was never betrayed by God. In February, 2011, Christine Do (Owner of the Salon where Cindy works) was the one that persisted in finding a way to help Hai. She was watching the Discovery channel when she saw Dr. McKay McKinnon performing a high risk surgery. “She contacted my office and we contacted him immediately. As soon as Dr. McKinnon saw Hai’s photos he knew what the problem was and said he could help him,” Amanda recalled.
Dr. McKinnon visited her office few weeks later, to see and speak with Hai directly via Skype for the first time. “After seeing Hai, Dr. McKinnon was 100% committed to helping him,” Amanda continued. Amanda said that many US Citizens were very generous and really helped with his cause, as did the Vietnamese community.
On May 19, 2011, Amanda hosted a luncheon at her residence for friends and long time supporters of the Foundation. All proceeds went directly towards funds for Hai’s surgery. “Through the luncheon, we hope to raise funds and awareness in order to change, and possibly save, Hai’s life,” said Amanda.
Afterwards, the Tree of Life Foundation International, along with Morning Star Entertainment, paid for Dr. McKinnon and his team’s trip to Vietnam on November 16, 2011.
In November 2011, Amanda and her daughter came to visit Hai in Vietnam for 3 days when he was at the HCMC-based Oncology Hospital. A plan was being made to operate on Hai on November 18, but the hospital could not proceed.
Amanda told Tuoitrenews that her feeling was to persevere until Hai’s surgery was done: “I knew in my heart that one way or another Hai would get his operation. I have never given up on hope for Hai.”
Amanda, having been connected to Sam back in June 2011, continued her efforts with others to help Hai, although the surgery could not proceed at HCMC Oncology Tumor Hospital in November 2011 as planned. By then, Sam asked Dr Nguyen Truong Son to help. Dr Son is the director of HCMC Cho Ray Hospital who gladly accepted to work with Dr McKinnon to save Hai at his hospital, free of charge.
At the same time, Robin King Austin of Vina Capital Foundation contacted Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon, CEO of FV Hospital, who also accepted to help Hai. It was a frantic door knocking and hospital chasing to help Hai, as the team realized that Dr McKinnon was the last chance for Hai to get his life-saving surgery.
January 2012, Dr McKinnon came back and performed a 3-day marathon surgeries on Nguyen Duy Hai, Thach Thi Sa Ly and Kieu Thi My Dung. The latter two patients were also dreadful tumor cases that Sam had asked Dr McKinnon to add to his first-time ever Vietnam caseloads miraculously accomplished in January 2012.
Tree of Life Foundation International paid a $4,000 bill for the total costs of $12,000 required by FV for Hai’s surgery while the rest was covered by local and international donations.
As we know, the FV hospital heard the sounds of thunderous and turbulent applause when Dr. McKinnon and his assistants successfully removed the massive tumor from Hai on January 5, 2012. Millions of people all around the world were excited by this miracle. Amanda was the one among them. “I’m so happy and excited to have heard that Hai has a new life. Perhaps, it is our biggest achievements so far. It’s God’s miracle,” Amanda revealed. Amanda made sure that her foundation would fund Hai’s trip to the US when he is willing to travel and sponsor him a prosthetic leg.
We are very proud to announce Hai’s Hope Dream came True Hai Nguyen is finally on his way to a new Life.
Dr. McKay McKinnon successfully removed the 198 pound tumor from Hai Nguyen. The 12 hour surgery with a team of 60 doctors, nurses and medical technicians at FV Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. The hospital said at a press briefing the following day that it was a “groundbreaking” surgery that began at 8:55 a.m. and ended at 9:03 p.m. Hai received seven liters of blood transfusion during the surgery. Notably, doctors had told Hai and his family that the chance for successful surgery was just 50 percent and they agreed to go ahead, with a fatalistic patient telling his mother, “If I die, that is my fate.”
Chicago based renowned plastic surgeon McKay McKinnon believes that recurrence is not a possibility after successfully removing it on January 5. “Of course it was a very difficult procedure but it went according to plan and I do not think there is a significant risk of recurrence,” he said Tuesday (January 10). “The main reason is that the surgery was radical and removed the origin of the tumor. This was the key to success,” he said.
Dr. McKinnon, who visited the Tree of Life Foundation International nearly a year ago, to discuss details of the surgery, conducted the surgery for free, Dr. McKinnon has been hailed a “fairy” and one having “supernatural power” on many forums for his kindness and talent. Hai, who is recovering well at the FV Hospital, said Dr. McKinnon was like his “second father” who’d given him a new life.
“I will be grateful to him and all the ones that made this happen my whole life for doing the operation to help me,” he told the media on January 7. Vietnamese doctors had earlier scheduled and cancelled a surgery saying it would put his life at risk. Dr. Jean_Marcel Guillon, FV Hospital’s General Director, said he was impressed by the success of the “landmark” surgery and the medical care given. Hai regained consciousness at approximately 2 p.m. on
January 6, around 17 hours after the surgery and asked to see his mother.
Quote from Hai “I was told I woke up close to two days after the surgery. My eyes barely opened, I touched where the tumor was supposed to be. An indescribable sensation hit me, knowing that it’s gone. I said to myself from today on, I really start to live.”
Tree of Life Foundation International has been helping Hai since 2009. Now we are looking forward to helping Hai come to the US for his prosthetic leg.
ON HIS WAY TO A NEW LIFE…
- Read Letter from Hai’s Family
- Read Vietweek – Vietnam Newspaper
- Read Walk in my Shoes Event – Funded Hai’s Surgery
After Hai’s surgery