Hello dear friends,
Since we last spoke, our efforts in the tiny Mexican town of Barrón have continued. With your generous past donations much has been accomplished! Let us bring you up to speed.
Last year we reached our fundraising goals and kept the medical and dental clinic open throughout the year. The clinic is now open 5 to 6 days a week and is staffed by a full time nurse, Monica, a medical doctor, Dr. Jesus, three times a week, and a dentist Dr. Javier (who is a Barron native) two days a week. In addition, individual appointments with a nutritionist and a physical therapist, Oscar, have proven to be quite popular.
(Left to Right) Physical Therapist and Nurse Oscar Rios, Administrator and Nurse Monica Rubi, Doctor Jesus Guerrero
(Left to Right) Doctor Jesus Guerrero, Dentist and Barron native Dr Javier Wiltron, Physical therapist Oscar Rios
The staff sees 40-60 patients a week. This number surged to 60-80 patients per week over the summer when the Delta variant of COVID ravaged the town, causing the infectivity rate to soar to 40%-60% of the patients tested. The clinic was able to provide free COVID tests and physician consultations to symptomatic people during this difficult time.
Now that COVID has ebbed (at least for now), the clinic provides all medical services and a fully stocked pharmacy free to Barron residents.
Thanks to your generous donations, residents of this tiny town were able to access critical medical attention during a truly unprecedented time. Care was present where normally it would have been completely absent. Our clinic withstood the latest wave of COVID, on top of all the other ailments out there.
The Nuts and Bolts
- It costs $2,500 per month to keep the clinic open and free. All the hard ground work has been done: securing the building, hiring the staff, stocking the pharmacy, and building trust within the community. Now, it is just a matter of paying the monthly bills.
- Our goal is to raise $30,000 to cover the day to day expenses, as well as any curveballs the future has in store for us.
- A generous Anonymous donor has pledged a 100% match as soon as initial donations reach $5,000 and a 50% match of the next $5,000! Please help us take advantage of these exciting challenge grants!
- The Rotary Club of Fort Collins, Colorado has already pledged $7,500 for the purchase of medical and dental equipment.
The Barron clinic started in 2014 as a week long free clinic, with shower curtains defining the exam rooms in a small town hall. It was staffed by generous volunteers who willingly gave their time and expertise. Today, it is a fully functioning, integrated asset to this little community, and it has withstood the test of Time. We have helped the citizens of Barron in profound and durable ways. This could not have occured without your help so I ask you to consider donating again to this effort.
Visit the website https://fobnews.org for details and more pictures.
DONATE BY CHECK: Please make your check payable to FOB CANAM INC and mail it to: FOB CANAM INCc/o Richard J McGuire, 18 Oxford Ranch Road, Laramie, WY 82070
VIA PAYPAL: Send your donation to FOB_CANAM@aol.com Indicate if you want money to go to dental/medical clinic.
VIA VENMO: Send your donation to @fobcanam. Indicate if you want money to go to the dental/medical clinic.
FOB CANAM is a 501(c)3 charity and donations are tax deductible (EIN 81-4719413). Tax receipts will be provided for all donations over $250 USD.
I thank you for your time and consideration.
Bonnie McGuire Wreschner MD
Barron Clinic Founder
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