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Final Day - Mission Accomplished!!

Day 3 was the last and final day for Dr. Schmidt and her daughter Nina to participate in the EyeCare WeCare Foundation Mission.  The mission will continue for two more days after their departure, so the work is far from being over.  They spent three long days of grueling work, but, as Dr. Schmidt said in her own words, "I walked away feeling like I received just as much from this whole experience as we gave."  

And that is the beauty of volunteer work:  we always get back as much as we give, no matter what it is.  To be paid in the form of a small dessert someone cooked because it was all she could give, or to see a child see the world clearly for the first time, or to help prevent people from going  blind by giving them access to free cataract surgery -- all these things made this an incredibly rewarding experience to be part of for both Dr. Schmidt and her daughter Nina. 

Our eyesight is precious, and we need to care for the general health of our eyes as we do the rest of our bodies.  But when some don't have the proper resources available to do this, they rely on the goodwill of others to provide it.  Over the last three days, Dr. Schmidt has given the gift of eyesight and clear vision to hundreds who desperately needed it.  Thank you Dr. Schmidt and Nina for the wonderful and generous work you have done for all these people in the Philippines!

Below are pictures of Dr. Schmidt's final day at the Mission.  If you would like to help as well, visit the EyeCare WeCare Foundation here:  http://www.eyecarewecare.org.  

 

The new venue for Day 3.  It's cool having a clinic on wheels!!

The new venue for Day 3.  It's cool having a clinic on wheels!!

They parked right in front of the gymnasium.  It's important to choose a venue that has a rooftop in case it rains.

They parked right in front of the gymnasium.  It's important to choose a venue that has a rooftop in case it rains.

Every morning, EyeCare WeCare Foundation CEO Dr. James Weyrich starts with a prayer for patience, strength and thanks for everyone's hard work.

Every morning, EyeCare WeCare Foundation CEO Dr. James Weyrich starts with a prayer for patience, strength and thanks for everyone's hard work.

This 10-month-old baby girl has congenital glaucoma in her right eye.  Her mother noticed that her eye started to look like "mata ng pusa" soon after birth, which means "cat's eye."  She was referring the baby's iris not developing properly, a condition common in congenital glaucoma.

This 10-month-old baby girl has congenital glaucoma in her right eye.  Her mother noticed that her eye started to look like "mata ng pusa" soon after birth, which means "cat's eye."  She was referring the baby's iris not developing properly, a condition common in congenital glaucoma.

This 7-year-old girl is unfortunately completely blind from bilateral congenital glaucoma.  Her mother carried her onto the bus for her examination.  She was referred to Resources for the Blind to learn braille.  

This 7-year-old girl is unfortunately completely blind from bilateral congenital glaucoma.  Her mother carried her onto the bus for her examination.  She was referred to Resources for the Blind to learn braille.  

This woman was losing her vision due to pterygium growth over her left eye due to exposure to wind, sun and dust.  She was scheduled to have it removed.  Once removed, she will regain normal vision.

This woman was losing her vision due to pterygium growth over her left eye due to exposure to wind, sun and dust.  She was scheduled to have it removed.  Once removed, she will regain normal vision.

Open for business!  Nina found her niche in the optical dispensary filling prescriptions.  She is ready to conquer the day!

Open for business!  Nina found her niche in the optical dispensary filling prescriptions.  She is ready to conquer the day!

The mission's host, Judith Tavares-Wong.  Judith is an ophthalmology surgical nurse at Kaiser in Portland, Oregon.  She has family in the Bulacan and knows the area well.  She was the mother hen and provided everyone with transportation, food and lodging arrangements.  Her 12-year-old daughter Claire was also instrumental in assisting the doctors on this mission.  

The mission's host, Judith Tavares-Wong.  Judith is an ophthalmology surgical nurse at Kaiser in Portland, Oregon.  She has family in the Bulacan and knows the area well.  She was the mother hen and provided everyone with transportation, food and lodging arrangements.  Her 12-year-old daughter Claire was also instrumental in assisting the doctors on this mission.  

EyecCare WeCare Foundation directors, Ed and Susan Damilao.  Ed and Susan live in Florida, but come to the Philippines to organize and run all the foundation's eyecare missions throughout the islands.  These two sweethearts celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary during this mission.  Talk about dedication!

EyecCare WeCare Foundation directors, Ed and Susan Damilao.  Ed and Susan live in Florida, but come to the Philippines to organize and run all the foundation's eyecare missions throughout the islands.  These two sweethearts celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary during this mission.  Talk about dedication!

It's time to say goodbye!!  Dr. Schmidt and Nina say their farewells as they wait for Dr. Schmidt's mother to pick them up. 

It's time to say goodbye!!  Dr. Schmidt and Nina say their farewells as they wait for Dr. Schmidt's mother to pick them up.