A personal message from April Hostler, Accounting Department—
My name is April Hostler and I will be participating in a Mindful Triathlon (a 5K walk, 75 minutes of yoga, and 30 minutes of meditation) on September 30th at the Philadelphia Navy Yard to benefit CHANCE. This will be my 2nd year participating!
My husband Bill was diagnosed with Oral Cancer in the fall of 2013. Due to his excellent treatment from Dr. David Cognetti and the ENT team, Bill is now a cancer survivor. To pay it forward we would like to help the surgeons who go on medical missions to Haiti that provide critically needed head and neck care.
CHANCE provides medical care to people in Haiti who suffer from head and neck disorders and do not have access to needed surgical or other medical resources. The surgeons at Jefferson partner with Haitian doctors at Hospital Lumiere in Bonne Finne and St. Luke’s Hospital in Port-Au-Prince to provide critically needed head and neck care. One of the many doctors that go on the Haiti missions is Dr. David Cognetti, Bill’s doctor.
If you would like to support April and the CHANCE Mission, you may donate at April’s event page at the link below. You will be helping patients in one of the world’s poorest countries receive the medical care that we are so fortunate to have nearby. Thank you!
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and 3rd poorest in the world
There are NO radiation machines in Haiti (there are 19 in Cuba and 21 in the Dominican Republic)
The infant mortality rate is 8x US rate
The maternal mortality rate is 15x US rate
Cervical cancer has a 50x higher death rate than US
The patient to doctor ratio is 4,000 to 1 (US is 385 to 1)
There is 1 Ear, Nose and Throat doctor on the island of Haiti
It costs about $2,000 (two year’s salary) for radiation treatment but Haitians must travel to either the Dominican Republic or Cuba for treatment. Once there they can not afford follow up care.