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Helping Kids: Transit Center donates $30,000 in medical supplies
TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS - Col. Dwight Sones, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, visits children from the Children's Cancer Center July 28. The Transit Center at Manas donated $10,000 in medical supplies to help children. The Airmen also made a $20,000 donation to the Children's Pediatric Hospital the same day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. John Elolf)
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Helping kids: Transit Center makes medical donations

Posted 7/29/2010   Updated 8/3/2010 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Buzanowski
376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

7/29/2010 - BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- The Children's Pediatric Hospital received more than $20,000 in medical equipment and furniture and the Children's Cancer Center received $10,000 in medical supplies from the Transit Center at Manas July 28.

The Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kyrgyz Republic joined the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing commander as they witnessed Airmen delivering the supplies.

"Today's handover includes urgently needed medical equipment that will help save the lives of children at the Bishkek Pediatric Emergency Hospital," said Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller. "This donation is part of an ongoing effort by the United States to help the Bishkek Pediatric Emergency Hospital."

Col. Dwight Sones, 376th AEW commander, recognized the Bishkek Pediatric Emergency Hospital helps children from all over the Kyrgyz Republic. "Our desire is that this equipment and furniture go a long way to helping care for every child who comes to this outstanding hospital for treatment. We know our friendship and partnership with the Bishkek Pediatric Hospital will grow for many years to come."

At the Children's Cancer Center the Ambassador said the medical supplies will help about 100 children every year to receive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

For Colonel Sones, the visit meant a lot personally. "As a parent of a 9-year-old daughter who is a cancer survivor, I know the personal dedication of each doctor and nurse and the many sacrifices made by each parent and family to provide their child with the very best care to defeat cancer."

Transit Center Airmen along with Colonel Sones visited the Children's Cancer Center two weeks ago. "I witnessed first-hand the sheer determination of these children and their parents to defeat cancer. Every parent, doctor and nurse I met desired to provide each of these children with the very best of care."

Subject matter experts from the 376th Expeditionary Medical Group lend their expertise for medical-specific requests, said Maj. Elliot Safdie, 376th AEW Humanitarian Assistance Director, who explained they assist will all of the medial needs assessments and researching costs of local vendors, also arranging for purchase and delivery of those supplies. "Their support is instrumental in order for us to prioritize all of the funding requests we send to Central Command," said Major Safdie.

Capt. Felisa Wilson, 376th EMDG hospital administrator and an HA medical subject matter expert, said that she enjoys seeing each of these projects through the entire process.

"I'm a physician by trade so it means the world to me to be able to serve at a location like this - it just blesses my heart," said Captain Wilson.

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