September 20, 2017
This is Denise Imbry, a girl from the rural town of Zorange, Haiti.
Denise came to the attention of a cardiologist at Rochester General Hospital during a medical mission trip with Hope for Haiti. At just 17 years old, Denise’s life was on the line. She suffered from a rheumatic heart with a failing valve, and was so sick that she could no longer attend school. Without cardiac surgery, Denise’s health would plunge rapidly.
Sweet and shy, Denise touched the hearts of the entire team on that medical mission. One of the team members from North Carolina spoke extensively with Denise’s parents to receive permission for her to come to the United States. Denise was given the opportunity to travel with her brother to Rochester, New York for surgery.
Denise’s story inspired the staff at Rochester General Hospital to push for her recovery.
InterVol is a partner with Rochester General Hospital, and when their volunteers heard about Denise’s story they decided to take action. InterVol, Rochester Hospital, and Hope for Haiti all collaborated to provide the surgery. After the operation, Denise fully recovered and was even able to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with some of her doctors and nurses while she healed.
Denise underwent successful cardiac surgery with the support of InterVol, Rochester General Hospital, and Hope for Haiti.
My good friend, Dr. Ralph Pennino, founded InterVol in the late ’80s. Based in Rochester, New York, the not-for-profit recovers viable, unused medical supplies from hospitals and clinics and distributes them to people in need. To date, InterVol has shipped supplies to 73 countries around the world. And every year, InterVol supports multiple medical mission trips to countries in dire need of healthcare.
The Palmier Foundation is proud to support InterVol. Denise is one of many people whose lives have been saved with the organization’s help. On October 22nd, I’ll be running in the Marine Corps Marathonon Team InterVol, to raise money for their cause. To contribute, you can make a pledge on The Palmier Foundation’s CrowdRise page.
We’ve now met and exceeded our goal to raise $26,200 for InterVol, which means $1,000 for every mile of the marathon. The Palmier Foundation will be matching that donation, which means a current total of $52,400 will be given to the organization.
When I run in the Marine Corps Marathon I’ll be motivated by my mission to help InterVol save lives.
The Marine Corps Marathon will be my seventh marathon, and I’m so excited to participate with the rest of the UC Funds team. I’m thrilled that I have this opportunity to support InterVol, and can’t wait for the race to begin.