A World Apart, A Step Together
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Greetings Family, Friends, and Strangers!

           Exciting times are ahead as I continue my education towards a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University. Along my academic journey is the opportunity to share the knowledge and skills I’ve gained with a population of people that so desperately need up-to-date healthcare services and provisions. It is my hope that, through your compassion and generosity, my trip to Zacapa, Guatemala can happen, and these people who cannot otherwise afford proper physical therapy may have the access and quality they deserve.

          My GVSU crew will be working with Hearts in Motion. Physical Therapists first travelled to Guatemala with Hearts in Motion in 2002. At that time, the “therapy clinic” consisted of a slotted park bench within the public health department. Braces were made by recycling parts of old braces, softening the plastic by hot water heated over an open fire.

          Thanks to Hearts in Motion, residents of Zacapa, Guatemala and the surrounding communities are now able to receive therapy services in a fully equipped, free standing rehabilitation center. The Kevin O’Halloran Rehabilitation Center opened in 2004. Services are provided by a full time Guatemalan Physical Therapist, Esvin Monzon, at no charge. In 2011, over 210 people received therapy at this facility.

          Through your contributions I hope to assist in this effort, which will be focused on reaching people who are unable to leave their homes, working with children with disabilities, and assisting the clinic with the overwhelming number of patients they see daily. The trip is being funded entirely through donations and other fundraising initiatives put together by my classmates joining me. We will be sending therapy supplies ahead of us prior to our trip as well as bringing some with us. Every penny and item collected will be used to directly benefit our service to Guatemala.

          It is with great excitement that I prepare for this opportunity to serve and I humbly, yet eagerly, ask that you join me. Your support in the form of financial aid, prayer, or any other medium will be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information about the organization or our work in Guatemala. Additional information about Hearts in Motion can be found on their website at http://heartsinmotion.org/!

          My email address is waughz@mail.gvsu.edu. If you are not comfortable using this site to contribute, I can give you my personal address in which to send your donations.

          Please feel free to share (on this page or privately) any stories you have regarding your road to recovery, the impact of health and wellness on your life (or someone you know), or the importance and need for service in disadvantaged areas. I'd love to learn more about each of you and your perspectives towards health and wellness, as it is what serves as an inspiration to me to continue along this amazing journey.

          Thank YOU all, for it is all of YOU that will make this incredible experience a reality. Not for me, but for those who wish to walk, to jump, to eat, to clothe, and to sleep, knowing that their bodies will be able to once more perform the tasks they passionately seek out. It is truly my belief that our impact on the world extends further than arm's reach and beyond the contact list in our phones. Let's stretch it out a little bit more!


“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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