Esperança is holding its third annual Spring Breakfast on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Phoenix Country Club. The complimentary community awareness breakfast will feature inspiring stories from gynecologic surgeon, Dr. Diane Sklar, a volunteer with Esperança who has completed 8 surgical missions around the world.
Since 1970, Esperança has been bringing hope, providing health and transforming communities for the world’s poor. Through its volunteer surgical program, clean water and sanitation, home building, food security and nutrition, disease prevention, education and treatment programs, Esperança has helped millions of people in 14 countries, including the United States.
Keila, a 12-year old girl living in Bolivia, is one of those people touched by Esperança’s work. Keila began to have severe abdominal pain that affected her everyday well-being and ability to attend school.
She was admitted to the hospital after an ultrasound revealed an ovarian cyst. Dr. Sklar was able to perform laparoscopic surgery so that Keila would be able to heal faster.
In another instance, Dr. Sklar brought a Nicaraguan woman to San Francisco to remove massive fibroids in her uterus that Nicaraguan doctors were unable to remove due because they didn’t have the specialized equipment that was needed for the surgery.
“This is just another example of how committed she is to our mission, she went above and beyond to help bring this woman to the USA and provide her much-needed medical treatment.” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança. “The breakfast gives us an opportunity to inform the community about all of our programs and services and how we’re making an impact on a local and international level.”