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SeriousFun 2019: Moe’s Story

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Moe, who worked this summer at SeriousFun camp The Painted Turtle, is all smiles from the “pure joy” of camp! Here she is after her campers showered her in paint.

In 2019, Medical Solutions not only partnered once again with Roundup River Ranch, a SeriousFun camp in Gypsum, Colorado, but we also expanded our recruitment program to include three locations!

As we announced in January 2019, “SeriousFun Children’s Network (SeriousFun) is a non-profit organization which provides life-changing camp experiences to children living with serious illnesses and their families. The expanded program will provide recruitment services, including a scholarship program and financial donation to cover medical needs, to Roundup River Ranch located in Gypsum, Colorado, Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Florida (north of Orlando), and The Painted Turtle in Lake Hughes, California (north of Los Angeles).”   

This partnership has been a natural fit — good for the camps and those they serve while also providing incredible, unique job opportunities to members of Medical Solutions’ talented pool of traveling healthcare professionals. We are so honored to help connect the campers at three SeriousFun locations with incredible caregivers!

Each year we like to share stories from Travelers who have had the amazing opportunity to take an assignment at camp. This year — as summer 2019 draws to a close — we continue that tradition with Moe’s story!

What is your name and what’s your title?

Monique ‘Moe’ Augustine RN, BSN

Tell us about your previous nursing experience.

“I have been a pediatric nurse for over a decade. My career has opened tons of doors to wonderful opportunities for me. I thank God every day, because I get to touch other people’s lives and reciprocate that same joy.”

Tell us about your experience this summer working at The Painted Turtle, part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network.

“Thanks to Medical Solutions and The Painted Turtle I have added another great memory to my career. I have worked hard, learned more, cried a ton, and witnessed summer magic! The idea that ‘Camp never leaves you,’ is a real thing. I grew up camping, and for me and the majority of my family camping was the thing that made the rest of life doable. 

For any child that has to live the majority of their life in clinics, doctor’s offices, and hospitals, camp is a dream come true. The campers that experience a camp week at The Painted Turtle, don’t have to sit idly by and hear other kids talk about how great camp is. These campers get to join in the conversation with huge smiles on their faces and that warm, fuzzy feeling in their hearts that only camp can bring! This summer I got to be on the inside watching those dreams come true and it was pure joy!”

Thanks so much to our partners at SeriousFun and also to Moe and all of the other incredible healthcare pros who provided care at these three locations this summer!  

If you’re interested in working an assignment at a SeriousFun camp next year, please keep an eye out for recruitment communications from Medical Solutions in the early months of 2020. You can also tell your Career Consultant now, just so he or she can help remind you when recruitment is live. In the meantime, we’ll just to have to enjoy fall while we can and count down the days until Summer 2020!

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Experienced Nurses Needed for SeriousFun Camps!

Looking for something incredible to do with your nursing skills this summer? You’re in luck, because Medical Solutions is expanding our partnership with Roundup River Ranch to include two more incredible SeriousFun camps!

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In 2019, we are partnering with SeriousFun to help staff nurses for:

  • Roundup River Ranch, located in gorgeous Gypsum, Colorado, just 45 minutes west of Vail. 
  • Camp Boggy Creek, located in sunny Eustis, Florida, just 45 minutes north of Orlando. 
  • The Painted Turtle, located in beautiful Lake Hughes, California, just 45 minutes north of Los Angeles.

Each camp seeks three RNs for a paid assignment, including free food and housing, running from early May through the end of August. Ideal candidates for these positions are ER nurses with pediatric experience, PICU experience, or at least one year of recent pediatric experience.

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SeriousFun offers camps for children with serious illnesses that allow them a retreat from being a patient and an important chance to be a kid, have fun, enjoy new experiences, make friends, and benefit from the immeasurable healing power of happiness. Even better, SeriousFun provides this amazing experience free of charge — and they depend on excellent staff and volunteers to make that possible.

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Click here to check out camp diaries from previous Medical Solutions Travelers who’ve gone back to camp. They’ve each had a life-changing experience!

If you’re an ER nurse with pediatric experience or a nurse with PICU experience or at least one year of recent pediatric experience who wants to be a part of this amazing effort — while also treating yourself to a sweet summer location and rewarding camp experience — please contact Kelly at kelly.grubb@medicalsolutions.com or 402.986.5124.

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Roundup River Ranch 2018: Candais’ Story

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Roundup River Ranch 2018: Candais’ Story

In 2018, Medical Solutions partnered once again with Roundup River Ranch, a Serious Fun camp in Gypsum, Colorado, that offers a free camp experience to children with serious illnesses. Part of our contribution to Roundup River Ranch includes helping recruit talented healthcare professionals to support campers’ medical needs. That’s also good news and a great opportunity for Medical Solutions Travelers who’ve always wanted to do good and go back to camp!

This summer we helped recruit three amazing Travel Nurses to spend the summer at Roundup River Ranch, and over this past summer, we’ve been sharing their camp stories with you. We’ve heard from nurses Katie and Urvee, and now we’ll hear Candais’ story!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you’re from?

My name is Candais. I have been an RN for 29 years and just recently retired from the hospital in Tupelo, Mississippi where I worked for over 25 years. I have worked in many different areas, including oncology, pediatrics, and the NICU, and decided I wanted to end my nursing career with contract nursing and traveling to different places.

What inspired you to work at Roundup River Ranch this summer?

I had a job offer in New York but decided not to take it because I knew this job at Roundup River Ranch would be a God-given, door-opening, life-changing opportunity. Sharon with Medical Solutions called me one morning and told me about the need for a summer staff nurse in Colorado. She said the nurse that was hired for the job broke her ankle. (When my husband heard this part, he started calling me Tonya Harding, of ice skating misfortune!) I immediately read the email, asked her to submit my application, was interviewed within 15 minutes and was offered the job within two hours of applying … all that and I hadn’t even told my husband I had applied yet! When he came home from work, I had my laptop open to information about Serious Fun camps and pictures of the camp in Colorado. He listened, looked to see how far away it was, asked questions, heard the excitement in my voice, and saw the eagerness on my face. He asked “You really want to do this, don’t you?” I replied, “Yes, you know how dear to my heart camps are and this sounds like a wonderful job.” He assured me, “Then we will make it happen.”

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook? Would you say you’ve become a better nurse? 

If Paul Newman were alive, I would give him a great big Southern hug and thank him profusely. This place changes lives, not just the campers, but the volunteers and staff. It has changed mine. I have camp experience, but I wasn’t prepared for this one. What camp has chefs preparing all the meals and tempur-pedic mattresses on all the beds, including the campers?! One of the nurses I used to work with asked if I was at “Camp Hilton,” but Roundup River Ranch is even better than that! Watching the campers make new friends, laugh with others, and accomplish things that seem impossible is so awesome. “Challenge By Choice” is a new terminology I have come to respect. No camper is forced to do anything, and they are not bullied or made fun of if they decide not to do it. I have grown not only as a nurse, learning new skills, but as a person. And I thank Roundup sincerely for the opportunity to witness both the campers’ flourishing and my own.

What would you tell other nurses about this camp?

Camp is so rewarding but it goes by so fast. Remember to stop and enjoy each day, look around at all the faces, see the new friendships, and feel the happiness of camp.

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

I have so many rewarding memories of camp. All the hugs and high fives, smiles and tears are like photographs running through my mind. All the memories are precious, but watching the smiles of the campers as they made it up the rock wall and the shouts of joy as they ziplined are some of the most treasured.

I will miss so many things about camp. I know that I will miss all the hugs and smiles, not only from the campers, but from the best group of young adults I have ever had the privilege to work beside. I have made new friends and have watched these dedicated people make sure that camp is an experience none of these campers will ever forget, including myself. Roundup River Ranch — you rock and are totally awesome!

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Roundup River Ranch 2018: Urvee’s Story

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Urvee had a blast and learned a lot working an assignment at Roundup River Ranch this summer!

In 2018, Medical Solutions partnered once again with Roundup River Ranch, a Serious Fun camp in Gypsum, Colorado, that offers a free camp experience to children with serious illnesses. Part of our contribution to Roundup River Ranch includes helping recruit talented healthcare professionals to support campers’ medical needs. That’s also good news and a great opportunity for Medical Solutions Travelers who’ve always wanted to do good and go back to camp!

This summer we helped recruit three amazing Travel Nurses to spend the summer at Roundup River Ranch. Last month, we shared Katie’s story and this month we get to hear from Urvee!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you’re from?

I’m Urvee and I’m from Alabama, where I’ve been a pediatric ER nurse for three years.

What inspired you to work at Roundup River Ranch for the summer?

I was looking for a change of scenery and Travel Nursing out west was always a goal, so I signed up for email alerts from Medical Solutions. I received an email in January describing an opportunity to work at a camp in Colorado. After reading about Roundup River Ranch, I immediately contacted my recruiter to find out how to apply for the job. I did not want to let this unique opportunity go. Working in the ER, I often saw children at their sickest, especially those with the diagnoses Roundup serves. I didn’t know camps like this existed, where a child with a serious illness can have a once in a lifetime experience in a safe and supported environment.

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook? Would you say you’ve become a better nurse?

Working at Roundup River Ranch has taught me a lot about being a nurse, but more importantly, about the difficulties these kids face and how Roundup allows them to conquer these challenges. In a busy emergency department, I wasn’t able to establish a rapport with my patients and I knew little about their day-to-day life. Camp has introduced me to the mental, physical, and emotional obstacles children with serious illnesses overcome.

This job has transformed my outlook on my career and these amazing kids. I have learned to focus more on what these kids can do versus what they can’t do. I’m able to witness how resilient and autonomous they are as individuals.

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN? Which ones stand out as the most rewarding and why?

Each child I’ve met has a remarkable story to tell and a unique journey that has brought him or her to Roundup River Ranch. I will never forget the joy these children have when they conquer their fears and achieve their goals, all while meeting other children with similar illnesses and experiences. Wearing fun costumes and camp dancing with the kids has been one of my favorite parts of the day. The early mornings and late nights are worth it to witness the happiness camp brings to everyone involved.

What would you tell other nurses about this camp and would you recommend going back?

To see is to believe. Roundup River Ranch is an irreplaceable part of the lives of many children, but it also has a profound effect on all of the staff and volunteers. This summer, I traded hospital walls and scrubs for camp dancing and no-hands spaghetti, and, if possible, I will definitely return to Roundup for future sessions.

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

I will miss the laughs of campers and staff.  I will miss the beauty of the camp — pictures don’t do it justice. Overall, I will miss the vibes of Roundup River Ranch.

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Roundup River Ranch 2018: Katie’s Story

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Medical Solutions Traveler, Katie, shares her Roundup River Ranch camp story this month!

In 2018, Medical Solutions partnered once again with Roundup River Ranch, a Serious Fun camp in Gypsum, Colorado, that offers a free camp experience to children with serious illnesses. Part of our contribution to Roundup River Ranch includes helping recruit talented healthcare professionals to support campers’ medical needs. That’s also good news and a great opportunity for Medical Solutions Travelers who’ve always wanted to do good and go back to camp!

This summer we helped recruit three amazing Travel Nurses to spend the summer at Roundup River Ranch, and over the next few months, we’ll share their camp stories with you. First up, here is Katie’s story.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you’re from?

My name is Katie! I’m originally from New York and currently live in Arizona. I have been working in the Emergency Department for the last five-and-a-half years and have been traveling for the last two years with my adorable dog, Acey!

What inspired you to work at Roundup River Ranch this summer?

My entire nursing career has been in the Emergency Department. I see people on one of the worst days of their lives. Sometimes we get to medical issues in the ER, but many times we just stabilize our patients and don’t get to see them cured and healthy. When I saw the opportunity to work at Roundup River Ranch it was the only thing I could think of for days. The idea of working with kids with serious illnesses, but outside of the hospital, and seeing them on one of the BEST days of their lives sounded like exactly what I needed in my life! I read all about Roundup River Ranch — their mission, vision, and guideposts, and along with seeing pictures and YouTube videos from camp, it literally brought me to tears! Applying to work here was definitely the easiest decision I’ve ever made!

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook? Would you say you’ve become a better nurse? 

Working at Roundup River Ranch has not only made me a better nurse but also a better person! Camp has changed my life in so many ways; it has made me a happier person and so grateful for what I’ve been blessed with. These campers are truly my heroes. They face so many obstacles in their daily life, but never let it get them down. At camp there are no obstacles for them — at Roundup there is NOTHING they can’t do!

At camp we have 10 guideposts that remind the campers and staff what Roundup is all about, and my favorite two that will always stay with me are “embrace joy” and “give 110%.” When I leave camp, I want to always remember and live by those two guideposts for the rest of my life! I want to find the joy in every situation and everywhere I go and I want to always give my all, and then some — both at work and personally!

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN? Which ones stand out as the most rewarding and why?

I have learned so much as a nurse working at Roundup! Some of our campers require special treatments while at camp, many of which were new to me. I had wonderful professors in school, but I have to say my favorite teachers were those campers! They weren’t concerned that I’ve never done their specific procedure before. They taught me what to do and by the end of the week I was a professional — just like them!

I have so many amazing memories from camp! Watching our campers who are paralyzed and in wheelchairs climb the rock wall with only their upper arm strength, seeing campers who are shy and reserved come out of their shell at stage night (AKA, the talent show), camp dancing, campers riding a horse for the first time, catching a fish, no hands spaghetti, bedtime cabin chats … the list goes on and on.

One memory that will remain with me long after camp is over, would be the goodbyes, which are never fun. Having these kids come running up to give you a hug goodbye and telling you how much they are going to miss you, after only knowing you for a week, was so special. The bond we created and the trust we built with our campers in such a short period of time was truly remarkable, and definitely unlike anything I get to experience while working in the ER!

What would you tell other nurses about this camp and would you recommend going back?

GO! If you ever get the opportunity to go, GO! It will be the best decision of your life! I’ve never worked at a summer camp before; didn’t know exactly what I was getting myself into, but I had the absolute best time I could imagine! You need to see just how life-changing this place is — for the campers and for you!

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

I’ll miss the friendships! Living in close quarters with about 60 other nurses, program leaders, cabin leaders, and volunteers for three months straight, we all became a family real fast! We all worked together to create the best week possible for every camper!

I’ll miss the smiles. Every day you’d be hard pressed to find someone not smiling and not having an amazing day.

I’ll miss the costume closet. Having lunch with a camper dressed like a princess to your right, and someone else dressed as a hotdog to your left was just normal meal time for us!

I’ll miss the scenery. It’s picture perfect up here! The mountains look like a backdrop, and the stars really are so much closer and brighter here!

Mostly I’ll miss the campers, the pure joy on their faces every day, the carefree attitude, and their strength! They are truly what makes the magic of this camp come alive!

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Everybody loves camp!

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2018 Planet Water Update

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Medical Solutions was proud to sponsor Planet Water’s Project 24 effort again in 2018!

Last March we told you about Medical Solutions’ 2018 sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 — an initiative that celebrates World Water Day by bringing clean water to communities in need worldwide. Just as when we sponsored Planet Water filtration towers in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Medical Solutions team was once again incredibly proud to be a part of this wonderful effort to provide 24 clean water filtration systems to 24 impoverished communities in just 24 hours.

Planet Water is a great fit with our Medical Solutions Gives initiatives. In fact, our internal team also passed the hat and pitched in on World Water Day, donating an extra $6,123 to support Planet Water’s important work!

The 2018 effort was a great success — with Medical Solutions’ sponsorship bringing clean water to the people of Buntog! (Click here to revisit last month’s blog and learn more about this small, rural village and the challenges its citizens face.)

The Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration tower went up Thursday, March 22nd, at Buntog Elementary School in the rural farm community of Buntog, Philippines. Students were trained in water health and hygiene, and, although the tower is located at the school, it will also benefit the entire community of 2,000!

The Medical Solutions team is inspired every day by our amazing Travel Nurses — which motivates us to help in this important effort to save and improve lives with clean water.

“We are inspired each day by the life-saving, life-changing efforts of our Travel Nurses, and being a part of Project 24 is a great way to honor them by doing our part to help make a real difference in people’s lives — just as they do every day on the job,” says Medical Solutions CEO, Craig Meier.

Thank you, Travelers, for inspiring us!

Planet Water shared some amazing photos of Buntog students and other community members before, during, and after the water tower was erected. These pictures tell an awesome story and reaffirm our commitment to support this good work — check it out!

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Medical Solutions Sponsors Planet Water’s Project 24 for World Water Day 2018

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Medical Solutions is proud to help the people of Buntog, Philippines gain access to clean, safe water!

Did you know that 50% of all hospital beds worldwide are occupied by people with easily preventable waterborne diseases? Or, how about the grim reality that a whopping one in eight people on Earth do not have access to safe, clean water!?

Unfortunate stats like these are why Medical Solutions is gearing up once again to sponsor Planet Water’s Project 24 in 2018. In celebration of World Water Day, Thursday, March 22, 2018, this effort will bring clean water to 24 communities in just 24 hours by installing school-based water filtration systems within villages in need worldwide.

Medical Solutions backs this annual effort because we are constantly inspired by the hard work and compassion that our amazing Travel Nurses display every day in their quest to save and improve lives. YOU are the inspiration for our company to support this amazing cause!

This year, the Medical Solutions-sponsored water filtration tower will go up at Buntog Elementary School in the rural farming community of Buntog, Philippines. The community’s main water source is a deep well nearly a mile away, where people line up to collect unsafe water for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and bathing. Compounding the issue, Buntog is a largely impoverished community, with many households earning less than the U.S. equivalent of $150 per month, making them unable to buy clean, bottled drinking water or have transportation to travel the 7.5 miles to the nearest clean water source.

“I am a solo parent earning 7,000 pesos ($135 USD) a month. I have three children and I just let them drink water from the deep well most of the time because I cannot afford purified water,” says Marge, a Buntog community member.

Most Americans are fortunate enough to have access to transportation, but even with that, can you even imagine if you had to travel 7.5 miles for a glass of clean water?! To put it into perspective, I just walked about 20 feet to my nearest clean water source!

The lack of accessibility of clean water causes frequent illness and other health issues, and also creates an obstacle to learning for the village’s children.

“The water from our deep well is for washing purposes only,” says Jobert, a third-grade teacher at Buntog Elementary School. “I reprimand my students if they drink it since it is not safe, but I still catch a lot of them drinking it because they couldn’t buy purified water. I am not surprised that there are many reports of amoebiasis and diarrhea — not just among children but adults as well.”

There is a general lack of knowledge in the area regarding water health and hygiene. As a part of Project 24, Planet Water will not only erect the Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water tower, they will also provide crucial water health and hygiene education! Just as Medical Solutions’ sponsorship helped thousands of villagers in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017, our 2018 effort will benefit Buntog’s population of 2,000 people — including 237 students throughout 489 households.

Please join the Medical Solutions team in taking a moment to be extra grateful for the easy access to clean water that most of us enjoy in the United States — and to learn more about Buntog, Project 24, and Planet Water Foundation.

Thank you for continuously inspiring us to make the world a better place, Travel Nurses!

 

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Medical Solutions Gives Announces 2017’s Say Thanks By Giving Winners

Medical Solutions Gives is donating $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

Medical Solutions Gives is donating $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

For the third year running, Medical Solutions Gives is donating $8,000 to some of our Travelers’ favorite causes … and we’re so excited to announce 2017’s Say Thanks By Giving Winners!

In November, we asked our amazing Travelers to nominate their favorite charity/nonprofit and express why the organization they love is so amazing and impactful. We sorted through about 100 incredible submissions and our team was so grateful to learn about all of these amazing charities and to read stories that mean so much to our Travelers.

Despite the outpouring of support for so many worthy organizations, we had to settle on just four deserving winners. Read on to learn more about the four charities that will each receive a $2,000 donation from Medical Solutions and the four Travelers who nominated them and got to take home a $100 Amazon gift card as an added bonus!

Medical Solutions give Sean CooleyLaura C., who works with Career Consultant Brad B., submitted Sean M. Cooley Citizen Soldier Nursing Scholarship Inc. as the cause she cares most about. Her submission had us all seriously misty-eyed. Laura wrote:

“This organization honors Sean M. Cooley, who was a member of the Army National Guard in Mississippi and was killed in action while serving in Iraq. Sean loved nursing and was a nurse in his local emergency room. He loved helping people in his community, and the scholarship is a way for him to keep on giving to his community. This non-profit is important to me because Sean was my husband and coworker. I have never met a more respected, kind, caring, and compassionate nurse and soldier.”

Thank you so much, Laura, for sharing your incredible story and letting us support this amazingly worthy cause in your name.

Medical Solutions Gives Rainbow House Barbara B., who works with Career Consultant Ava L., submitted Rainbow House, an organization that serves domestic violence survivors. In her submission Barbara wrote:

“Domestic abuse does not discriminate based on sex, age, income, education or race. It is prevalent in all geographic areas. Funds are always needed. It is more difficult to fundraise in rural areas with aging populations. Rainbow House serves a large geographic area and provides services to two Wisconsin communities and the adjacent Michigan county, which provides no funding for these services. This shelter believes in doing the right thing for all who suffer from abuse regardless of state lines or funding. They are near and dear to my heart. I was on the board of this organization until my Travel Nursing journey began and I found I was unable to fulfill my commitment. This funding would provide needed services to my home community.”

Thanks, Barbara, for your commitment to this important issue! We are elated to support this organization on your behalf.

Medical Solutions Gives Rainbow DSAWJennifer G., who works with Career Consultant Roy B., nominated Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin.

“The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (DSAW) matters to me because I have had people with Down Syndrome affect my life in many ways. I had a brother who had Down Syndrome but died as a baby when I was five. Even as a small child, I loved when the physical and speech therapists would come to our house to do therapy with him and would help out. When I was in grade school, my school had a St. Coletta Day School for children with developmental disabilities within our school. I had the opportunity to volunteer as a classroom aid for the art classes they held. I enjoyed being able to work with these special children and I’ve continued to work with people with disabilities as an adult through Special Olympics. This past year I was given the opportunity to help support DSAW through my friend Kim’s daughter who has Down Syndrome. We were able to raise more than $10,000 for Kitty’s Krew for their annual walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo. This organization helps families who have children who have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. They remind families and parents that they have been given a gift of a child and a community that will support them through all of their troubles and cheer them on for all of the triumphs their children make.”

Thank you for everything you do, Jennifer, and for helping us support this awesome organization in your name!

Medical Solutions Gives Rainbow Rally Foundation Jenny W., who works with Career Consultant Austin B., submitted Rally Foundation,  

“When I started my Travel Nursing adventures I never thought it would lead me to where I am today. After just one week at an assignment, I met my now-husband and three stepchildren. Thankfully, pediatric cancer has never been a thought in my mind, however, I quickly learned how desperately funding is needed for this cause.

My stepson is now eight years old, but at a mere three years of age he had to endure chemotherapy and a cadaver bone transplant for Ewing’s Sarcoma. This normally occurs in teenagers, but Jake, in true fashion, had to be the anomaly. The chemotherapy medications he received were outdated. My husband dedicated every ounce of energy he had into gathering donations, but pediatric cancer doesn’t receive funding like other cancers do.

Jake is a fun-loving kid with an infectious smile. He became the face for the Rally Foundation, and touched so many lives. As we sat down this past Thanksgiving, we couldn’t help but thank the Rally Foundation and all of the help that Jake received. Jake’s cancer returning is a fear that we all live with. No family should have to live that fear. NOT A SINGLE ONE. Pediatric cancer needs funding. It needs research. Jake and other children deserve more than a few years on this planet.”

Thank you, Jenny! We appreciate you sharing your story and giving us the chance to support this important foundation. We are all rooting for Jake and every kiddo with pediatric cancer!

Congratulations to the winners and all of the AMAZING Travelers who submitted the causes you care so much about and shared your stories! If your cause was not chosen this year, we hope to see you back again in 2018. Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions Gives.

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Last Call for Say Thanks By Giving 2017!

Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

The holiday season is all about celebrating gratitude and giving freely to others, that’s why Medical Solutions wants to help you support your favorite cause with a $2,000 donation — plus a little something for you to boot!

Our third annual Say Thanks By Giving event lets you nominate a nonprofit you hold dear for the chance to win a $2,000 donation from Medical Solutions made in your name. As an added bonus, if your charity is chosen you’ll also win a $100 Amazon gift card for yourself.

Nominations are open here through December 1, 2017 — so you have to act fast!  

In the past two years Medical Solutions has helped our Travelers support the following charities through Say Thanks By Giving:

  • Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program — nominated by Traveler Michael C.
  • Puppies Behind Bars — nominated by Traveler Karen G.
  • Team Jack Foundation — nominated by Traveler Frances B.
  • CASA of Ohio Valley — nominated by Traveler Kathy G.
  • Remote Area Medical — nominated by Traveler Leigha C.
  • Cattaraugus County SPCA — nominated by Traveler Jennifer G.
  • The Cure Starts Now Foundation — nominated by Traveler Erica P.
  • Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey — nominated by Traveler Gabriel T.

So, tell us: What nonprofit and/or charitable organization matters most to you — and why? It could be a place you’ve personally volunteered or one that has helped you personally!

Just imagine, if you could help support any charity or nonprofit organization that makes the world a better place, who would it be? Got your answer? Great! Now be sure to submit your cause for consideration before December 1, 2017!

In December, we’ll announce four winners — each of whom will receive a $100 Amazon gift card for themselves AND get $2,000 donated to the cause they nominated!

Click here now to share what you care about!

 

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2017 Planet Water Update

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Medical Solutions was proud to sponsor Planet Water’s successful Project 24 again in 2017!

In March we told you about Medical Solutions’ 2017 sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 — a celebration of World Water Day and an initiative to bring clean water to communities in need worldwide. After sponsoring Planet Water filtration towers in 2012, 2015, and 2016, the Medical Solutions team was once again extremely proud to be a part of this amazing effort to provide 24 clean water filtration systems to 24 impoverished communities in just 24 hours.

In fact, our internal team also passed the hat and pitched in on World Water Day, donating an extra $5,284 to support Planet Water’s work!

The 2017 effort was a great success — with Medical Solutions’ sponsorship bringing clean water to the people of Ranca Asem! (Click here to revisit last month’s blog and learn more about this small Indonesian village.)

The Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration tower went up Wednesday, March 22nd, at 9 p.m. EST, at Cikasungka IV School on the border of Tangerang and Bogor in the Indonesian village of Ranca Asem. Students were trained in water health and hygiene, and, although the tower is located at the school, it will also benefit the entire community of 2,400!

The Medical Solutions team is constantly inspired by our amazing Travel Nurses — which motivates us to help in this important effort to save and improve lives with clean water.

“We are inspired each day by the life-saving, life-changing efforts of our Travel Nurses, and being a part of Project 24 is a great way to honor them by doing our part to help make a real difference in people’s lives — just as they do every day on the job,” says Medical Solutions CEO, Craig Meier.

Thank you, Travelers, for inspiring us!

Planet Water shared some amazing photos of Ranca Asem students and other community members before, during, and after the water tower was erected. These pictures tell an awesome story — check it out!

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Planet Water’s team constructs the water filtration tower in Ranca Asem.

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The tower goes up …

 

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And it’s up!

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Hooray! The team hands a certificate to a local educator.

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Happy students wash their hands with clean water in Ranca Asem.

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The students prepare to drink clean water!

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More happy villagers applaud their new clean water source.

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Students learn about water hygiene and health.

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The students put their clean water and new hygiene knowledge to good use!

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The gift of gratitude from some happy students!