In June, I am headed back to Nigeria on my second open-heart medical mission with VOOM Foundation. I am particularly excited for this journey this year because my sweet daughter Lauren will be joining me on this journey. Lauren and I both have a huge passion to help others, especially the worlds poorest and most vulnerable. I will continue to assist Dr. Jeffrey McNeil with open-heart surgery and Lauren’s role will be to help with administrative duties for VOOM. I hope you will consider assisting us through this journey. Below is more information on VOOM Foundation. A gift in any amount will be truly and greatly appreciated! Here is a sample video of our work from May 2018.
In 2014, VOOM Foundation through a partnership with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, restarted the once abandoned open-heart program in Nigeria. Nigerian’s suffering from heart disease either traveled out of the country for surgery or died. In Nigeria, with the population of 175M at the time, it was the only opportunity for Nigerians suffering from heart disease to get surgery. VOOM travels several times a year to Nigeria to perform life-saving surgery to those in need. To date, VOOM Foundation has performed a total of 164 open-heart cases and leads all other health organizations in the entire country. The long-term goal of VOOM Foundation is to create a sustaining healthcare program that provides impartial healthcare to everyone despite their ability to pay.