Video: Day in the life of a medical mission

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go on a medical mission trip? It can be a little challenging to know what to expect if you haven’t gone on a mission. On our trip to Guatemala, in the fall of 2019, we followed around Randy Archibald, a…

Local Grant Story: Children’s Miracle Network

Guest Blogger: Rayna Arthur When I had my first child, Aaliyah, it was the greatest joy and love I’ve ever known. At almost 3 months old, I noticed something different about her. Naturally, I started researching and looking at medical journals for an answer. I brought my concerns to her…

My Medical Mission Story: Keith Linford

Guest Blogger: Keith Linford Bwindi Community Hospital in Buhoma, Uganda is literally at the end of the road leading to the impenetrable National Park. It has a tragic history of the expulsion of an indigenous population, the Batwa (pygmies), from their home in the jungle by gorillas who were protected…

Local Grant Story: The Inn Between

Guest Blogger: Deb Lillie It was 2015, when I first learned about The Inn Between on the 10:00 pm news channel.  The story was about a nonprofit “16-bed pilot project” facility, to provide people who lack housing a safe haven during a medical crisis or when terminally ill. I turned…

My Medical Mission Story: Randy Archibald

Guest Blogger: Randy Archibald Many providers choose to practice medicine as a profession because they want to help people. My passion for working in the medical field began on a two-year mission to Chile I participated in as a young man through my church. During this mission I got pretty…

Why We’re Suspending Medical Mission Trips in 2020

2020 definitely didn’t start off how we planned here at the Making a Difference Foundation. Just like all of you, Coronavirus impacted our plans for the year, and we are adjusting to this new normal. By far, the largest part of our year would have been executing on the 16…

2019 Annual Report

If you’ve been anywhere on the internet the last month, you will have seen a plethora of memes about the “good ol’ days” of 2019. For the Making a Difference Foundation, 2019 was a pretty incredible year. We made giant strides forward in fulfilling our mission of igniting the passions…

Local Grant Story: Down Syndrome Association

Guest Blogger: Kayla Christy Working with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte fuels my passion in more ways than one. To be surrounded by some of the most incredible individuals (who happen to have an extra chromosome) not only teaches me to be kind and considerate, but to be…

How to have a great medical mission experience

Guest Blogger: Kari Redfield Most physicians choose medicine as their career because they want to help people. However, the day-to-day pressures and politics of being a doctor can make it easy to lose sight of that goal. A medical mission is a great way to recapture that original purpose, allowing…

Local Grant Story: Rape Recovery Center

Guest Blogger: Adia Thornton Today was the worst day of Jane’s life and I held her hand for it. I supported her through an invasive exam. I helped her file complicated paperwork. I also stood up to the nurse on her behalf. At 3 am I made phone calls to…

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