Blessed Are The Children in Thy Tender Care

As you know, LEAP has announced plans to help build a new Pediatric Ward at our host hospital, Hôpital Espoir, in Port-au-Prince. With the help of our incredible volunteers, Pat and Janet Ortega, the planning phases of the ward are complete, a volunteer team of professional trades is assembled and, after two trips already to Haiti, supplies are sourced and partially purchased. The hospital has already been working hard to prepare the space. Our construction team, led by Pat and Janet, will travel to Haiti in September to spend 16 days completing the Pediatric Ward.

This Pediatric Ward will add an additional 2,000 square feet to the hospital, which will include one nursing station, nine pediatric patient rooms, seven restrooms with showers, and a waiting area. The estimated cost per room is approximately $6,500.00 with a restroom and much needed air conditioning. If there is an interest in donating a room on the Pediatric Ward, a plaque honoring the donor can be provided in recognition of their generous donation.

We are continuing efforts to raise monies to meet the $50,000 budget that will fund this project. You can donate online at www.leap-foundation.org and designate the Haiti Hospital campaign. Please consider helping us provide an eternal gift of restoring health to the beautiful children of Haiti.Pedi Ward Construction5

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How Gentle Like a Spirit

Belize was my promise to God to pay it forward and it was truly a leap of faith! Not knowing a single person on the team, I had faith The Lord had brought me to LEAP with gifts to share. My hope was to bring blessings to others and what I received was so much more!

I prayed to bring hope to the children of Belize. Their warm smiles and patient great-fullness of the local people actually brought reassurance of the human spirit to me. I had hoped to bring a strong work ethic to the team, and this wonderful team showed me exactly what it means to give tirelessly in the spirit of love for other human beings. I had hoped to bring the gifts of my experience and education to better the lives of the people of Belize, but it was the simple sense of friendship and community that has completely blessed my life.

Early mornings, hard work, late nights and lots of sweat has been God’s way of teaching me humility and grace but, greatest of all, is how simply loving one another can change lives! Thank you Belize!

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28

By Jodi Koenig, Medical Volunteer

 

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Amazing Gladys

Amongst dozens of patients in a hospital waiting room, eight-year-old Gladys patiently waited her turn with a captivating smile and an engaging personality. As an infant, she had surgery to repair a cleft lip and palate, but now came to see the LEAP team because of difficulty breathing through her nose.

When surgeons removed old scar tissue, they discovered her original surgery had been poorly executed, resulting in her inability to breathe properly. Instead of managing her current condition, the LEAP team took the extra time to reconstruct her nose and palate to ensure that Gladys would not be held back again! And who could hold back an eight-year-old girl who loves animals, dolls, the color purple AND wants to be a nurse when she grows up? We look forward to watching you soar, Gladys!

Story by Amy Beale, Volunteer

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North Texas Giving Day

NTGD-Web-BannerEach year generous supporters like you join us for the exciting annual North Texas Giving Dayfrom 6am to midnight. Your generous support makes a meaningful difference and allows us to continue providing free, specialized surgical services in the Dallas medical communities.

On September 18th, North Texas Giving Day, your gift will help us receive extra funds for our work in the community. Every gift of $25 or more will go further with more than $1.5 million dollars in bonus funds and prizes! By visiting NorthTexasGivingDay.org, the online giving website for North TexasGiving Day, you can make a difference with your gift to LEAP Foundation.

Here’s the really exciting part: Every gift made on September 18th helps our chances of winning prizes given throughout the day ranging from $500 to $10,000! With over 60 total prizes being awarded throughout the day, our chances to maximize your gift are great! Just imagine if we could raise enough money to cover our Landmark Program expenses for the year. For example, our next patient, Danny, will travel to Dallas to receive the necessary medical and surgical care that will not only allow him to speak and eat properly, this specialized care will dramatically improve his quality of life.

Make your gift on September 18th by visiting www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/leap-foundation.

Follow us on Facebook so you can share in the excitement of a generous day of giving and remember to give on September 18th.

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Angel Emma

Last weekend, Team Emma, kicked off a town to town 5K fun run/walk benefitting the LEAP Foundation in Kansas. There were over 170 participants and 70 volunteers who made this an extraordinary event, along with beautiful, perfect weather. Six-year-old Emma helped raise awareness in these two communities during July’s Cleft Awareness Month. She also helped to raise approximately $6,000 for the LEAP Foundation. We are most grateful to Emma, her awesome parents and everyone else who helped make this such a wonderful success! We are smiling, Emma!

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The Countdown Begins

Please join Madden for the very first LEAP FORE KIDS Jr. Charity Golf Tournament at Brookhaven Country Club on Sunday, July 27th!

There will be awesome raffles, player goody bags, a pool party, trophies, contests, T-shirts, and food! Plus the boy AND girl golfer with the highest donation wins a PRIVATE ROUND with a PGA/LPGA professional!!!

In addition to preparing for the golf tournament and being a hardworking fundraiser, Madden is a compassionate young man with big ambition. Madden already has plans for college, hoping to attend Stanford or the University of North Carolina on a golf scholarship. Madden’s friends describe him as funny, amazing, talented and awesome! We think so, too!

If you would like to be a sponsor or volunteer at this event, please contact Adella at (972) 566-6550 or at adellawinder@leap-foundation.org. Be sure to register your junior golfers at www.leapforekids.com.

A great big thank you to all of you who joined us at Jersey Mikes in McKinney. The total amount raised by this sponsor last weekend was $512!

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Growing in Grace

Meet Maclynn and Stagg, our youngest LEAP donors and philanthropic giants. These two adorable twins just celebrated their second birthday on June 29th! On each of their two birthdays, Maclynn and Stagg have raised monies in lieu of birthday presents. In two years, they have raised over $2,500 for the LEAP Foundation. Kids helping kids is truly the sweetest of sweet acts of kindness. Thank you angels, Maclynn and Stagg, from the bottom of our hearts, you have truly blessed us.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” Acts 20:35

 

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Zimbabwe Operating Room Expansion

Harare Children’s Hospital has been our host hospital for the past five-six years. It is the only pediatric hospital in all of Zimbabwe, currently with only two operating room suites for a population of approximately 15 million. Last year, Harare Children’s Hospital performed over 3,000 operations with a wait list of over 5,000 children. This year, one thousand surgeries have already been conducted and the pediatricians are currently scheduling surgeries up to the year 2018.

After prayerful consideration, the LEAP Foundation sent funding for a new operating room suite early this year. In March, final approval of the architectural plans occurred and construction began on May 31. While we had hoped the new operating room would be ready for us to begin surgeries last week, much progress has been made and, it is nearly ready for final approval. Last week, our team had the honor of participating in the dedication of this operating room.

This third operating room will allow for many thousands of children to have their needed surgeries much earlier. Over time, this is an eternal gift that will benefit countless of children over many generations. There is no better way for us to invest in our global future!

 

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Shoes With Soul

Our team is so amazing, collectively we brought over 35 pair of sneakers to be given to Celebration Ministries’ Ivondale Orphanage. Sneakers are a highly coveted shoe wear here, so we were happy to bring many.

Our mission trip was incredible! We are traveling back to the states today, which will take us approximately 40 hours. Please keep us in your prayers for safe and healthy travel. It has been an amazing, beautiful week! None of us leave the same as when we first arrived – we have all been beautifully blessed.

 

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Angel Emma : Emma’s Miles for Smiles

Emma is only six years old, yet she has a servant heart that is quite extraordinary. Emma was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. To raise awareness during July, Cleft Awareness Month, this sweet angel wants to bring two communities together for Emma’s Miles For Smiles, a family seven-mile run/walk from Andale to Colwich, Kansas on Saturday, July 19th.

Emma’s goals are to raise awareness and make a difference in helping others have a beautiful smile. All proceeds will be donated to the LEAP Foundation.

We are truly amazed by Emma’s generous spirit!

Emma's Miles for Smiles

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