VISTA — Two Vista Community Clinic staff members will offer a helping hand to patients abroad. Pediatrician Dr. Sue Ann Park and clinic manager Maria Orozco will volunteer their medical services during a Medical Mission “vacation” to Papa Leon, a small village in Peru. They will be spending three days working with children in need of basic medical care.
“I’ve dedicated my life to this work here in the United States and I’m looking forward to helping abroad as well,” Orozco said.
The pair will be joined by a team of college students who will be conducting a youth camp during the same time. They will be greeted in Peru by a missionary currently building an orphanage supported by Park’s church, the Abundant Life Community.
“I have wanted to do this for a long time and am really looking forward to this opportunity,” Park said. “This trip has just fallen into place.”
Park expects to treat basic illnesses, skin diseases and burns from kerosene lamps. It will be the Peruvian winter season. They will be traveling with approximately $3,000 in medicine and supplies purchased by members of the community through garage sales, donated baby sitting wages, individual gifts and a golf tournament.
Despite working with the poor and indigent at Vista Community Clinic, Orozco and Park chose to use their vacation to serve others. Both women work in the pediatric department at Vista Community Clinic’s Vale Terrace Branch.