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La Balandra Rotary Club Clinic

  • La Balandra Rotary Club Clinic

    Posted by boe4fun on March 31, 2023 at 8:35 am

    Our latest spring clinic in La Paz provided the following legs and braces to the people of Baja California:
    6 Left above knee prostheses
    3 Left below knee “
    6 Right above knee. “
    3 Left below knee “
    1 pair SMOS (aka ankle/foot brace)
    1 AFO (aka below knee or short leg brace)
    1 KAFO Repair (aka above knee or long leg brace)
    We had a total of 65 patient visits, and were visited by patients from as far away as Mexicali, Bahía Asunción, Santa Rosalia, and Loreto, to name a few.

    I’ve been retired since 2003, and so I’ve been out of the loop for quite a while, but I’m pretty sure the value of these systems is over $200K in today’s dollars.

    I am hopeful that our clinic can continue, especially with the “new blood.” (The volunteers that have joined over the last few years.)
    One of the new volunteers, Doug Pinkley CPO (Certified in Prosthetics and Orthotics by the American Board for Certification in Prosthetics and Orthotics) has started a 501 (c) (3) in hopes that we can generate some funding to help defray the clinic costs.

    Here’s how it’s worked since 2004:
    Volunteers pay for their own transportation to and from the clinic. The La Balandra Rotary Club of La Paz provides the lodging and the daily lunches at the clinic. All other associated costs (meals, entertainment, margaritas, non recyclable materials for fabrication, etc) are borne by the volunteers themselves. All other parts/supplies are from recycling old prostheses (artificial limbs) and orthoses (orthopedic braces) that we get from our many contacts in the states.

    So hears my pitch. If one quarter or one third of the folks who are active on these forums could donate just a few bucks, we could fund the clinic at least into the 2030’s. And even though you may not know me from Adam, I can honestly guarantee that ALL donations, 100%, go directly to the clinic, NO administrative expenses, NO officers salaries, NO BS, NADA.

    If you can include with your donation your email address, Doug can email you a tax deductible receipt, further cutting down on postal expenses.
    Please make your tax deductible check to:

    Limb Restoration Project A Nonprofit
    c/o Doug Pinkley, CPO
    411 12th Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98122-0000

    Thank you for your consideration, Paul Boe CPO(e).

    • This discussion was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by  boe4fun.
    Volcan replied 1 year, 3 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • gregj

    April 4, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    The project and your work sounds to be very worthwhile and valuable to the communities down here. I think what would be easier for most people to connect with and contribute to would be a GoFundMe request.

  • boe4fun

    April 5, 2023 at 8:15 am

    If I remember correctly, the last (and only) time I used GoFundMe, I was charged ~10% to use their service. We’re trying to cut expenses as much as possible, so Doug is looking at less pricey alternatives.

    • Volcan

      April 5, 2023 at 7:03 pm

      90% of 20,000 is a lot more than 100% of 5,000. The easier you make it for people to contribute, the more likely they will.

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