Healing the Children Northeast
September/October Newsletter
Newsletter Highlights:
  • Jose Hernandez, RN was honored with an inaugural Renaissance Award
  • Highlights from Dr. Jacono's recent trip to Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Dr. Keiser's trip to the Amazon
  • 2020 Trips
  • Domestic Kids Program - Camella's Cupboard
  • A Visit from the Mayor
  • Thanks to Brittany Nisco
  • International Inbound Sneaker/Shoe Drive
  • Donation Information

Medical Volunteer Spotlight at HTCNE
Jose Hernandez, RN, VP
for Perioperative Services at
NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn
Jose Hernandez, RN and volunteer with Healing the Children Northeast for over 20+ years, was honored September 14 th , 2019 with an inaugural Renaissance Award presented by the Renaissance Leadership Foundation based in New York. 

According to the foundation, “the Renaissance Awards recognizes individuals who herald the accomplishments of diverse humanitarians who have succeeded against all odds and who have achieved unparalleled heights through their journey. Their professional and civic achievements have significantly impacted an industry or profession, and who have also made an important contribution to their community…calling them ‘Renaissance Leaders’. 

  Jose has been an integral team member on 15+ trips with HTCNE since 1999 traveling to such places as Colombia, Romania, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Peru.  His participation has helped hundreds of needy children and has contributed to the success of these trips. 

  Congratulations on your award, Jose!

Latest Trip News:
Dr. Andrew Jacono and his team just completed a Facial Plastics/Cleft Lip and Palate and Microtia surgical mission with a speech component to Santa Marta, Colombia which took place Sept 7 – 15, 2019. Team administrator was Steve Nargiso. The large team of 38 members screened 139 and treated 63 children. The speech team saw 72 patients during this trip.  
Thank you to those who donated after viewing the performance of the team on our HTCNE  FaceBook page.  We raised over $1,400 to support the work we do.

This young boy was a patient that Dr. Jacono operated on 4 years ago and he came back to see Dr. Jacono during this trip.   

Dr. Greg Keiser and a team of 21 adventured off on a long 23 hour journey to provide Peruvian children with dental care.  The team left New York, flew to Lima, then an hour long flight to Iquitos, then a 4 hour journey by boat up the Amazon River to the remote location of the Tahuayo Lodge. Another hour long boat ride to get the team to the Esperanza clinic where the team worked. The team was hosted by Angels of the Amazon with Liaison, Dolly Beaver, of Amazonia Expeditions. The trip took place October 18 – 26, 2019.  Dana Buffin was the team administrator for this group.  
This dental team provided dental care to over 300 patients. 
The Amazon Peru Dental trip was supported by Kick for Nick Foundation of Wilton, CT
www. KickforNick.org 
And also supported by
Henry Schein Cares
Thank you
to all our contributors for monetary donations and supplies!  Without your support these trips would not happen! 
What to Expect in 2020: 
  • Cleft lip and palate team heads to Santa Cruz Bolivia Jan 10 – 18. This team will be led by Dr. Steven Roser and team administrator, Patrick Bullot.  A dental team led by Dr. Diane Ede-Nichols will also accompany the medical team, as well as a small speech team led by Ysabella Hincapie- Gara. 
  • Dr. Manoj Abraham and Dr. Dane Barrett will co-lead a Facial Plastics ENT team with a Speech Therapy component to Mekelle, Ethiopia scheduled for  January 18 -26. Team administrators are Kathy McGovern and Casey Saussy.

  • Dr. Robert Gilman will lead a general pediatric plastics, hand, burn and general reconstructive surgery team to Cartagena, Colombia along with Dr. William (Jay) Austen from Massachusetts on Feb 5 – 15.  The team administrator will be Patrick Bullot.   
  • April 24 – May 3 Healing the Children Northeast and Healing the Children Northern California chapters will travel together to Ica Peru under the leadership of Dr. Joseph Rousso and Dr. Evan Ransom.  Team administrators for this team will be Kathy McGovern and Carolyn Wendler.  Our host is Jose Paredes, a local New Milford resident who accompanies the trip every year along with his wife and daughter to make sure the team needs are met.  Jose and Malena’s family houses our team, as well as the patients who travel from afar at their hotels and also feeds the team and family from their restaurants.  
  • Dr. Mark Foglietti will lead a Burn team to Santa Marta, Colombia on May 16- 22, 2020. Team administrator will be Steve Nargiso
  • Dr. Greg Keiser will lead a Dental team to Riobamba, Ecuador on October 16-24, 2020.  This is a joint venture- our host will be Partners for Andean Community Health (PACH), formerly known as Fibuspam. The founder of PACH is Mr. Paul Martel of West Hartford CT.  Mr. Martel was also a past HTCNE Board President before starting up his own non-profit. Team administrator will be Dana Buffin. 
Domestic Kids Program
Camella’s Cupboard
HTCNE participated again this year with Camella’s Cupboard 

Camella’s Cupboard is based in New Milford, CT and hosts a Summer Lunch Bunch feeding program Monday through Friday throughout the summer for the local children in our area. HTCNE donated $1,100.00 to the charity towards this project which provided 115 lunches for children.This program costs about $3.00 per meal / $345.00 per day.  Many food items are obtained through donations so the average cost to run this program is $1,100.00 per week. The lunches consist of a sandwich, salty snack, sweet treat, and a drink.  A breakfast item was also included in the daily meal. In addition, a weekend lunch bag was also provided to each child containing two days of food.  According to Camella’s Cupboard, 30% of New Milford’s school children receive a free or reduced rate lunch with another 22% right on the threshold of needing this help. We were happy to contribute to such a worthy cause in our community.

By the way, Camella’s Cupboard is always seeking local volunteers to help put these meals together to support the children on their school breaks, weekend meals and the long summer break. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about them, visit their website: 
www.camellascupboard.com   or contact Angie, their founder at:  (860) 717-2509.  
A Visit from our Mayor:

August 26  · 
Today I had the pleasure of visiting Healing the Children Northeast located here in New Milford for 34years. Healing the children helps kids both domestically and internationally.
They have a Domestic Kids program that helps children with- speech and physical therapy, Hearing aids, dental procedures, eye exams, medical prescriptions, medical apparatus ( wheel chairs etc..) free to those in need.
Thank you to Missy Law, Georgann McCarroll, Sue Keim and Volunteers for all their work in helping kids get the care that they need.
If you or someone you know need medical assistance like those above please give Healing the Children a call 860-355-1828X24 or email- MLAW@HTCNE.ORG 
New Milford Proud!

Healing the Children Northeast would like to thank Brittany Nisco for the years of volunteering at our events and on our board of directors as a board secretary for several years.  We would like to congratulate her on her successful movie production of “Wandering Off“ (currently on Amazon Prime).  Brittany is relocating to Los Angeles and will be working on two new movie ventures, one to be filmed in CT and one in LA.  

We want to wish her the best with her relocation and her movie production company –
 Brittany Nisco Productions!     

International Inbound Program

Please support our

Shoe Drive
SNEAKER/ Sandal / Shoe DRIVE: 
The Sneaker Shoe Drive is still ongoing if you would like to donate.  We are collecting sneakers, sandals, and shoes for an orphanage/school in Masaka, Uganda, East Africa. Most of the children do not have shoes nor access to purchase any.  We learned of their need from GoatBoy Soap, a local business in New Milford, CT that supplies the kids with soap, hand-made uniforms, and sweaters.  
Please contact Missy at (860) 355-1828 x 24 or email Missy at mlaw@htcne.org  

These kids are asking for our help! 

All shoes accepted MUST be clean and gently used and
appropriate for children 4-18 years old (no toddler shoes or sneakers, please)  
Thank you.       

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