2017 The final report.


The accounts are balanced, the inventory has been stored, and the final goodbyes were long and hard. I left Brazil with a heavy heart as I said goodbye to good friends. It is always a bit hectic during the CURA campaign, but at the same time life in Brazil has a sense of ease that I don’t find in the states. Without insurance reviews and electronic medical records to manage, all that remains is care, respect, and love for each other. It feels simpler and less chaotic. At the same time, I am more than ready to return to my family and my home.

2017 was a complete success. We saw a total of 657 patients, with over 1500 individual specialty visits.  We repaired 17 individual families’ homes via CURA Comunidade. None of this would have been possible without our 100+ volunteers, the combined medical personnel from the States and Brazil, the multitude of prayers and financial help from supporters around the world. From the bottom of our hearts: thank you.

Save the date + Our 2018 Wishlist

As for the campaign, there’s no time to waste. We are already planning for next year! 2018 will be our 10th ANNIVERSARY – can you believe it?! As we plan for next year, we are excited about the possibilities. Open up your calendars and mark July 16-20 for CURA 2018, because we need you. There are many volunteer positions available. Below is a list of talents we are especially hoping to find, as well as the equipment we need in order to expand our services.


  • Ophthalmologists willing to serve and help develop a program for pterygia, glaucoma, and cataracts
  • Optometrists willing to serve and help develop a more comprehensive eyeglass program
  • Dermatologists
  • Pediatricians
  • Chiropractors
  • Massage Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  • Dentists
  • Medical students and residents wanting international charity care experience (these students represent the future of our program!)


  • Construction Assistance
  • Plumbing Assistance
  • Electrical Assistance
  • Computer and Internet Assistance

Is this you? Apply here!


  • Phoropter
  • Portable slit lamp
  • Auto-refractor
  • Tonometers
  • Chiropractic table
  • Portable heaters to warm our open-air exam rooms
  • Computer equipment* to develop our crucial campaign intranet system
  • Generators* and Brazilian-friendly wiring* to assist with our power needs

*please inquire for more specific information about these equipment needs.


For any questions about equipment –
item donation or monetary support –
please contact us or donate here


Thank you, God bless,
até a próxima vez (until next time!),