We are happy to announce our June mission was very successful. Under the leadership of Veronique Diriker, the La Merced team treated over 320 patients and touch the lives of the poorest families in Managua, Nicaragua.

Patients in the Roberto Clemente Clinic arrived with problems ranging from sebaceous cysts to severely arthritic shoulders. Our medical providers removed over 100 of such lesions and injected over 300 joints.


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In the hospital, the La Merced team performed knee replacements on twenty patients who otherwise never would be able to walk again without excruciating pain. And, patients with crippling hand disorders underwent corrective hand surgery.


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In community outreach, La Merced visited the poorest families in the barrio, Tipitapa and at El Faro, and distributed medical supplies and treated patients according to need.

Through the Neo Fund, La Merced has made a $500 donation to El Faro, a ministry and long-term community established for the most destitute children in Managua. This donation resulted from a grant awarded to Paulina Erices and Veronique Diriker.


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Every member of the 2016 traveling brigade said experience in Nicaragua was overwhelming and very rewarding, and each of them plan on returning. Currently the organization is developing missions for January and June of 2017.


Oluwatosin Abayomi – pharmacy student

Melissa Campbell – interpreter and pre-medical student

Veronique Diriker – team leader

Paulina Erices – interpreter

Mark Freebery – pharmacist and instructor

Max Mault – representative, Stryker Corporation

Abby Martin – premed student

Karina Mendez – medical assistant

Boyd Nilsen – premed student

David Nilsen – orthopedic surgeon

Cynthia Rilling – director of clinic

Kent Rilling – physician assistant

Geoffrey Saunders – general surgeon

Geoffrey Saunders, Jr – pharmacy student

Darshdeep Singh – orthopedic surgeon

Scott Vonschoff – representative, Stryker Corporation


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We are grateful to Ryan Mault, representative of Stryker Corporation, for recruiting the entire orthopedic surgery team for the 2016 mission.

Also, much thanks to members of the Fiesta Committee for making our 2016 fundraiser a resounding success:
• Shirley Blackwell
• Julie Parrish
• Laurie Pierce
• Tina Perrotta