OW: How long have you been associated with Operation Walk – Freedom to Move and what is your roll in (or specialty you bring to) the organization?
SC: I have been associated with Op Walk-Freedom to Move from the very beginning, when it was only a hope. My responsibilities include working with one of our corporate partners to procure, ship, and manage total hip implants and instruments for the mission. I also assist the Dominican circulating OR nurses during our surgeries and help with the instrument cleaning and sterilization.
OW: What about the organization makes you want to donate your time and expertise.
SC: I continue to be motivated by being a part of a team that relieves the suffering and helps restore mobility to people who would not be able to get the help otherwise. Every year I look forward to seeing the friends we have made among the staff at the hospital. I am especially struck by the number of young people with crippling osteoarthritis that we have been able to help.
OW: Who inspires you in the organization?
SC: I am inspired by every member of the team who returns.
OW: What is your background in charity or in healthcare?
SC: I have been an orthopedic implant vendor for 34 years and have observed thousands of orthopedic procedures.
OW: If you could tell the world one thing about why this mission is important, what would that be?
SC: Our mission is important because we bring state-of-the-art treatments and technologies to a remote corner of the world and greatly improve the lives of patients and healthcare workers there.