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Med students celebrate summer mission trip

Oct. 28, 2012 @ 12:20 AM

HUNTINGTON -- More than two dozen students from the Marshall University School of Medicine and several other local local medical providers and faculty members took their annual trip to Honduras in June as part of the sixth Global Medical Brigades.

The trip was celebrated Oct. 22, at a dinner in the Memorial Student Center multipurpose room, as students recalled the impact the trip had on their lives. During the trip, they host clinics for thousands of men, women and children needing a variety of medical, dental and eye care.

One student recalled the emotional reaction of a women who received glasses, having not been able to see clearly in 20 years. Another spoke of an impoverished man whose neighbor paid for him to ride a mule to get to the clinic to receive medical care.

This trip also was special in that Sharon Ambrose, a retired nurse and mother of Dr. Paul Ambrose, went with the students. The son of Sharon and Ken Ambrose, Paul Ambrose was killed Sept. 11, 2001, when the plane he was on was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon.

She and her husband have been staunch financial supporters of the mission trips, whose help has allowed students to attend.

Also recognized at the dinner was Cabell Huntington Hospital, whose pharmacy donated more than $30,000 worth of medication for the trip.

Those who took part in the 2012 Global Medical Brigades trip included:

Medical professionals: Drs. Aaron McGuffin, Charles Clements, Isabel Pino and Amy Vaughan; nurse practitioners Beth White and Linda Starosta; registered nurses Aimee Gue and Sharon Ambrose; optometrist Gerry Soltis; and physical therapist assistant Ashley Kidd.

Medical students: Marjorie Soltis, Aaron Dom, James Buchanan, John Davitt, Steven Nakano, William Hall, Courtney Nichols, Amanda Woelfel, Jessica Layne, Anthony Johnson, Sarah Sexton, Shayne Gue, Jonathan Seibert, Sarah Johnson, Hunter Garland, Jay Bronder, Molly Seidler, Matthew Krantz, Jacob Kilgore, Alex Overmiller, Michael Kinder, Katie Richardson, Russ Richardson, Christopher Bates, Ayah Arafa, Caleb Huff, Brent Kidd, Matt Curry, Melissa Rowe, Gordon McLemore, Amanda Estep, Kara Siford and Joaquin A. Llado-Frazer.

Other participants included Hiliary Brownstead, Cynthia Krantz, Adam Ferguson and Amy Houvouras.