This month we are setting aside our usual newsletter to request assistance from our supportive community in a cause that is near to our hearts. Next month Dr. Marshall will be headed to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, to participate in a woman’s circle retreat. While there, she will be volunteering her medical skills to the local indigenous population to contribute to the diagnoses and treatment of the local Diabetes epidemic.
What is Being Done
Last July Karen Rosenberg, LISW and Ceci McDonnell, LISW, the organizers of the retreat, were able to bring down 20 glucose monitoring devices that a woman from the retreat’s brother donated. Another woman from the circle, a diabetes educator/faculty, was able to donate test strips. They had a diabetes education session in La Gloria, at the co-op store and taught everyone there how to use the glucometers.
Until last year no one on the island was tested more than once a year, if at all. To be tested not only meant being able to afford to see a doctor but to be able to afford the trip to the mainland as well. Last year, for the first time, glucometers were sprinkled in La Gloria and some folks are now self-monitoring! It’s an awesome start, yet so much more needs to be done. Lupe, a local resident who helped organize the donations, has let us know they are running out of strips and more glucometers would be a huge help.
Test strips cost about $1 each and as physicians we frequently ask our American patients to monitor their blood levels up to 6 times a day. The average salary on Isla Mujeres is $5 a day making test strips an impossibility to purchase.
Support Our Vision
We have a vision at Clearwater to have so many supplies to bring down that we can hardly pass through customs! Our goal is to raise $2000 to be able to purchase much needed glucose monitoring supplies and empower the residents of Isla in their health and well-being. Help us reach our goal and donate whatever you are able today.
Alternatively send a check made out to:
670 S Ferguson Ave
Bozeman, MT 59718
Please indicate in the “Memo” line of you check: Diabetes Supplies Fundraiser
If you have connections to have glucometers or test strips donated or want to help in other ways please contact us at 406-551-1441.
Lastly, one way to can further your donation is by forwarding this letter to anyone on your email list that you think might be open to supporting our efforts.
Thank you so much,
The Physicians of Clearwater Healthcare