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Packing hope for Haiti

BARABOO (WKOW)-- A group of Madison and Baraboo-area doctors and nurses is preparing for a life-altering experience. Some have gone to Haiti for years, for others it will be their first time. It will be a first for all of them to see the devastation left by last month's deadly earthquake. Sunday they held a packing party. Packing up 50 pound bags of hope.

I'm always excited to go to Haiti," said Susan Vrabec.

It will be Susan Vrabec's 14th trip to the small town of Thiotte.

"We started doings clinics just in churches and hauling all of our stuff in duffle bags and then we raised enough funds to build a clinic," said Susan.

As a pharmacist, Susan has critical access to much needed medication. As the team leader, she also organized the packing party. Each person going will carry 50-pound bags full of medical supplies and the things they will need while there. Brian Lochen will make his 8th trip to Haiti.

"Haiti grabs you by the heart when you first get there," said Brian Lochen. "I didn't know what to expect when I went for the first time. I just fell in love with the Haitian people and with the country."

Haiti has certainly touched Bonnie Rogge's heart. This is her 6th mission trip.

"You come back to the U.S. deeply appreciating everything, including your family," said Bonnie Rogge.

This is Maribeth Baker's very first trip.

"There's some anxiety," said Maribeth Baker. "I've never done anything like this before.

"I'm a family practice doctor so I do everything from delivering babies to nursing home and all ages."

The team of doctors and nurses will see people sick with water-borne illnesses, malaria, and since the earthquake, post traumatic stress.

Along with the medical attention, these dolls are a symbol of hope and comfort from the people of Wisconsin to the people of Haiti.

"These people are desperately poor, even prior to the earthquake," said Brian. "They were a desperately needy group of people, but remarkably resilient."

The group leaves for Haiti on Friday.

Click here to learn more about Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin.

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