October 23, 2018
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Scholarships awarded for medical mission

Community Author: Mary Offutt
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Mary Offutt | BDN
Mary Offutt | BDN

The Hancock County Medical Mission (HCMM) announces that Matthew Frost of Ellsworth High School, and MDI High School students Nick Duley and Sara Todd have been chosen to join the HCMM team going to Dajabon, Dominican Republic in February of 2018. Medical director and surgeon Dr. Charles Hendricks along with the students, doctors, RNs, nurse practitioners, anesthesia providers, and translators will provide surgeries for two weeks for Dominicans, and also for Haitians crossing the border at Dajabon to access care.
This will be the 21st year running the Student Scholarship Program. Many past recipients now work as medical professionals and/or use their Spanish fluency every day. Most recently, 2017 recipient Madelaine Pelletier has ventured to Quito, Ecuador to attend school and master the language. Recipients must be Hancock County residents and have completed at least two years of high school Spanish.
A standout runner at Ellsworth HS, Matthew’s values came into focus after the Boston Marathon bombing, which made him realize what a cruel place the world can be. He wants to make a difference, one person at a time, by offering comfort to others, and by helping in any way he can. Matthew plans to major in organic chemistry at UMO starting next year.
Sara is looking forward to not only the learning opportunities but the growth opportunity of the mission. Sara’s job this past summer as a counselor at Camp Beech Cliff with sole responsibility for 10 seven year olds made her stronger mentally, emotionally and physically. Up next for her will be college as a pre-med major. Sara feels drawn to the specialties of obstetrics, neonatal surgery or pediatrics.
Nick says he welcomes the opportunity to be put in situations that make him uncomfortable knowing that those are the ones he will learn most from. Currently taking a Certified Nursing Assistant course, Nick has a passion for learning anatomy and physiology, which is not part of the CNA course. Nick got creative and completed an online anatomy and physiology course and will next tackle AP Anatomy and Physiology. He too has his eye on a career in medicine.  
HCMM was founded in 1989 to serve unmet medical needs of people in Latin America during yearly two-week mission trips. MDI Hospital, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital have all played a role over these 28 years both in terms of supplies and volunteers. Monthly meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the board room at 50 Union Street, Ellsworth. Next meeting is December 12 at 6:30 pm. Any medical professionals or Spanish speakers interested in joining the 2018 mission team can contact Mary Townley RN at 565-3882 or Mary Offutt RN at 348-2483.