Originally published in The Weekly Packet, November 21, 2012
GSA student awarded scholarship to attend medical mission
The Hancock County Medical Mission has awarded a scholarship for its upcoming mission to Ibarra, Ecuador to Lillian Cousins. Students chosen to go on the mission serve as translators. Airfare, food and lodging costs are covered by HCMM. Seth Vanzura, an Ellsworth High School student from Trenton also received a scholarship, according to a news release.
Cousins, daughter of Gail Cousins of Brooksville, is a senior at George Stevens Academy. She is a Spanish IV Honors student with an interest in anesthesiology. She has volunteered at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle and studied human biology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., this past summer. She said she looks forward to making “a change to the lives of the natives of Ecuador,” and to using her Spanish speaking skills for the benefit of others.
Hancock County Medical Mission is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 for the purpose of providing medical care to under-served indigenous people of South America. The trip to Ibarra in February will be its 23rd mission providing surgeries for 70-100 people and offering clinics during a two-week period. Medical professionals and helpers/translators who volunteer for the mission pay their own travel expenses. Donations cover the students’ scholarships as well as surgical supplies and medications. The organization’s website is hcmm.homestead.com. Daily progress reports during the next mission will be posted on its Facebook page. For more information, contact Mary Townley at 565-3882.