TICONDEROGA - A Ticonderoga High School graduate is organizing a medical mission to South America.
Christine Bessett, who graduated from Ti High in 2004, is now a student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, where she's preparing for a career in pediatrics.
"In July, I will be traveling to Peru on a mission to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty and empower them to live healthier lives," Bessett said. "Twenty medical students, including myself, have organized a two week-long mission with MEDLIFE during which we will provide care for hundreds of adults and children, give needed medications, and arrange feasible plans for necessary surgeries."
Bessett is seeking donations to help cover the cost of the mission.
"In order to have an organized effective mission we need to raise money for medications and supplies, and we have made a goal of at least $5,000," she said.
MEDLIFE is a non-profit organization, which works to bring medicine, education, and development for low-income families everywhere.
"At its core, MEDLIFE is a group of students and young professionals who have decided to stand up against the injustice they saw in the world," Bessett said. "Our objective is to work with motivated individuals and communities to help bring access to healthcare, education and community development to poor communities to improve overall health."
People wishing to support the mission can mail contributions to Bessett at 2 Breakwater Avenue, Biddeford, maine 04005.
"The money pledged to my mission will contribute to expenses and bringing medicine to rural Latin America," Bessett said. "This includes a fund to build a community hospital, paying for medications and for continuation of care for patients who need more than basic medical care. These medical missions also aim to raise money to provide education and development opportunities for the local community."
More information is available online at www.medlifeweb.org
Bessett is a May 2008 graduate of the University of New England with a bachelor's degree in medical biology with a pre-medical designation.
"This August I began my journey of medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine," she said. "Although I'm not positive what specialty I will end up in, I am certain it will involve pediatrics; I just adore working with children."