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Face The Challenge - For the Record
Total number of surgeries since 1993: 1,134

 

Since 1993 our teams have traveled abroad 31 times to the
following locations: Bolivia: 4 times, Ukraine, Moldova, and
Siberia: 1 time, China: 3 times, and Vietnam: 23 times.

Face The Challenge has also presented 9 facial surgery seminars abroad since 2006.

March 12-25, 2012 (27 surgeries), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Our collective surgical teams' 31st trip abroad was March 12-25, 2012. We returned to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to operate at the Odontomaxillofacial Hospital (OMFH) in District 1 and the National Hospital of Odontostomatology (NHOS) in District 5.

On March 15-16, Randolph C. Robinson, MD, DDS, FAACS, Oral, Maxillofacial, and Craniomaxillofacial Surgeon, presented for the ninth time at facial surgery seminars in Ho Chi Minh City. His topics included techniques for nasal reconstructions, eyelid surgeries, and facial bone lengthening. Dr. Laurence Colletti, Orthodontist, also presented on Class III patients, or where the mandible is too large and the maxilla is too small.

On March 17 our team screened about 40 prospective patients and/or did post-operative consultations. The conditions of patients screened included congenital or growth deformities, tumors, and injuries from motor vehicle accidents and a burn. Surgeries were done on March 19-March 23; three days at the OMFH and two days at the NHOS.

The team included:

  1. Randolph (Randy) Robinson, MD, DDS, Facial Surgeon, Centennial, CO, Team Leader
  2. Laurence (Larry) Colletti, DDS, Orthodontist, Denver, CO
  3. BC Shauver, CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist, Jacksonville, FL
  4. James (Jim) Qiheng Shen, MD, Anesthesiologist, Jacksonville, FL
  5. Patsy King, BSN, RN, Operating Room Nurse, Denver, CO
  6. Leslie Wiggin, RN, Operating Room Nurse, Denver, CO
  7. Gabriela (Gabi) Stoeger-Stevens, BSN, RN Post-Anesthesia Care Nurse, Denver, CO
  8. Ginger H. Robinson, BSN, RN, Cardiac/Critical Care Nurse, Liaison, Denver, CO

At the OMFH our team joined their staff of surgeons, anesthesiologists and anesthetists, and nurses to do a total of 25 surgeries during that week. Our team did ten surgeries in three days, including seven pediatric cleft lip and palate repairs, a six-hour case to remove a very large jaw tumor, orthognathic surgery for an adult cleft patient, and skin grafting for a boy accidentally burned by sulfuric acid.

At the NHOS our team did two longer cases. One was a facial bipartition for a 21-year-old woman born with a Tessier #0 facial cleft that ran vertically from her forehead downward through her nose. This eight-hour case involved Dr. Robinson doing 18 different osteotomies (bony cuts) to reconstruct her severe deformity. The final case was for a woman with a large tumor involving her mandible and temporomandibular joint (jaw joint or TMJ). Half of her mandible had to be removed.

Dr. Colletti met with orthodontists in their clinics at both hospitals. He was present to answer to guide patient planning.

FTC donated: four current orthodontic principles and techniques text books, a model skull, cotton print surgical caps, Vicryl, Prolene, silk, and gut suture, and Colorado microdissection needles, anesthesia medications, IV and oral antibiotics, along with pain, anti-nausea, and anti-hypertensive medications, laryngomask airways (LMAs), surgical instruments - two ramus (mandibular) bone spreaders, Surgicel (to control intra-operative bleeding), infant and toddler blankets, and 30 each zippered care kits and Cowboy the Kid teddy bears for patients.

April 22, 2011

On April 22, 2011 Denver Kids, Inc. was selected as the Rotary Club of Golden, Colorado's 6th Annual Not-for-Profit Ethics in Business Winner. Face the Challenge was honored to be First Runner-Up of twelve non-profit nominees.

April 6-17, 2011 (15 surgeries), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Our thirtieth international team traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam April 6-17, 2011. The team of eight included: Patsy King, BSN, RN, Circulator Nurse, Aurora, CO, Julie Mumaugh, RN, Surgical Scrub Nurse, Lakewood, CO, Ginger Robinson, BSN, RN, Cardiac/Critical Care Nurse/Liaison, Centennial, CO, Randy Robinson, MD, DDS, Craniomaxillofacial Surgeon, Centennial, CO, Team Leader, CAPT. BC Shauver, CRNA, USN (Ret.), Nurse Anesthetist, Jacksonville, FL, Jim Shen, MD, Anesthesiologist, Jacksonville, FL, and Gabriela Stoeger-Stevens, BSN, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care Nurse, Evergreen, CO.

On April 9 the team screened prospective patients at the Odontomaxillofacial Hospital (OMFH) in District 1 (Saigon District) and the National Hospital of Odontostomatology (NHOS) in District 5. On April 11-12 the team operated at the OMFH. Dr. Le Thi Viet and her surgical staff performed three pediatric cleft cases and assisted our team with the other 12 cases, for a total of 15 surgeries. On April 13-14 the team joined the surgical staff at the NHOS directed by Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong. They did five technically advanced cases either involving tumor removals and/or reconstructions using titanium bone plates and/or bone grafts.

On April 15 FTC held the Eighth Facial Surgery Seminar where about 85 surgical and anesthesia professionals attended. Dr. Robinson presented on Bilateral Sagittal Split Osteotomies (BSSOs) to reposition the lower jaw. BC Shauver, CRNA, nurse anesthetist did an excellent job presenting on administering anesthesia for the facial surgery patient. And Gabriela Stoeger-Stevens, BSN, RN spoke about pain assessment and management in the post-anesthesia unit.

December 6-12, 2010 (3 surgeries), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Randolph Robinson, MD, DDS, Craniomaxillofacial Surgeon and his wife, Mrs. Ginger Robinson, BSN, RN, FTC President traveled to Ho Chi Minh City to attend Opening Ceremonies at the new building for the National Hospital of Odontostomatology (NHOS) in District 5. Dr. Robinson screened patients with tumors and made plans with the NHOS staff to perform their surgeries when the next FTC team comes in April 2011. He performed three surgeries, two pediatric cleft lip repairs and removal of a large throat cyst for a male adult patient.

April 7-18, 2010 (30 surgeries), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Face the Challenge team screened a combination of about 50 patients at the Odontomaxillofacial Hospital (OMFH), District 1 (Saigon District) and the National Hospital of Odontostomatology NHOS), District 5 (Chinese or Cholon District) on April 10. The FTC team and the Vietnamese associates, including Dr. Le Thi Viet, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department Director at the OMFH and Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong, Hospital Director at the NHOS, performed 30 free facial surgeries on April 12-16, including 26 at the OMFH on April 12-13 and 4 at the NHOS on April 14-15.

The team included:

  1. Randolph Robinson, MD, DDS, Craniomaxillofacial Surgeon, Centennial, CO, Leader
  2. Brenda Hicks, RN, Oncology Nurse, Colorado Springs, CO
  3. Tech Sgt. Bill Hicks, USAF (Ret.), BSN, RN, Circulator Nurse, Colorado Springs, CO
  4. Nancy Colby, CST, Surgical Technologist, Lone Tree, CO
  5. CAPT BC Shauver, USN (Ret), CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist, Jacksonville, CO
  6. Gabi Stoeger-Stevens, BSN, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care, Evergreen, CO
  7. Ginger Robinson, BSN, RN, Liaison/Post-Anesthesia Care, Centennial, CO

On April 16 Dr. Robinson, presented at the 5th Facial Surgery Seminar FTC has given in Vietnam. The topics included bone lengthening techniques, nasal surgeries, tumor diagnosis, removal, and reconstruction, and pediatric trauma. About 50 surgeons, anesthesia specialists, and nurses attended the seminar.

The Face the Challenge team screened a combination of about 50 patients at the Odontomaxillofacial Hospital (OMFH), District 1 (Saigon District) and the National Hospital of Odontostomatology NHOS), District 5 (Chinese or Cholon District) on April 10. The FTC team and the Vietnamese associates, including Dr. Le Thi Viet, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department Director at the OMFH and Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong, Hospital Director at the NHOS, performed 30 free facial surgeries on April 12-16, including 26 at the OMFH on April 12-13 and 4 at the NHOS on April 14-15.

The team included:

  1. Randolph Robinson, MD, DDS, Craniomaxillofacial Surgeon, Centennial, CO, Leader
  2. Brenda Hicks, RN, Oncology Nurse, Colorado Springs, CO
  3. Tech Sgt. Bill Hicks, USAF (Ret.), BSN, RN, Circulator Nurse, Colorado Springs, CO
  4. Nancy Colby, CST, Surgical Technologist, Lone Tree, CO
  5. CAPT BC Shauver, USN (Ret), CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist, Jacksonville, CO
  6. Gabi Stoeger-Stevens, BSN, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care, Evergreen, CO
  7. Ginger Robinson, BSN, RN, Liaison/Post-Anesthesia Care, Centennial, CO

On April 16 Dr. Robinson, presented at the 5th Facial Surgery Seminar FTC has given in Vietnam. The topics included bone lengthening techniques, nasal surgeries, tumor diagnosis, removal, and reconstruction, and pediatric trauma. About 50 surgeons, anesthesia specialists, and nurses attended the seminar.

Since 1993 our teams have now traveled abroad 29 times - Bolivia: 4 times, Ukraine, Moldova, and Siberia: once, China: 3 times, and Vietnam: 21 times.

May 14, 2009, (1 surgery), Lone Tree, Colorado

Dr. Randolph Robinson removed a baseball-sized jaw tumor on a young man and used bone plates and screws to reconstruct his jaw.

April 1-12, 2009 (18 surgeries), Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan Province & Ho Chi Minh City

On April 1-12, 2009 our twenty-third international team returned to Vietnam for the nineteenth time. The FTC team included:

  1. Randy Robinson, MD, DDS, Craniomaxillofacial Surgeon, Centennial, CO, Leader
  2. CAPT. Belinda "BC" Shauver, CRNA, MBA, Nurse Anesthetist, Jacksonville, Florida
  3. Michelle Jaskunas, RN, BSN, CNOR, CST, Operating Room Nurse, Denver, CO
  4. Cindy Niles, RN, Operating Room Nurse, Golden, CO
  5. Gabi Stoeger-Stevens, BSN, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care Nurse, Evergreen, CO
  6. Mrs. Ginger Robinson, BSN, RN, Liaison/Post-Anesthesia Care, Centennial, CO.

On April 4-8 the FTC team joined six members of the staff of the Odontomaxillofacial Hospital, District 1, of Ho Chi Minh City, including:

  1. Le Thi Viet, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department Director, Leader
  2. Pham Nghiem Chanh, Surgeon
  3. Le Van Kim, MD, Anesthesiologist
  4. Nguyen Huong Phong, Anesthetist
  5. Le Thi Canh, Operationg Room Nurse
  6. Ho The My, Surgical Assistant.

They traveled together to Phan Thiet in southern Vietnam. They operated on 12 pediatric and adolescent patients with cleft lip, cleft palate, and nasal cleft and facial cleft deformities at the Binh Thuan Province General Hospital.

On April 8 the team returned to Ho Chi Minh City. They joined the staff at the National Hospital of Odontostomatology (NHOS) in District 5. They screened ~30 patients. Some patients had returned for post-operative checks after the FTC team operated on them in April 2008. Others had facial scarring from infections or injuries. Some had deformities from asymmetric or deficient growth. And several had tumors, some newly-diagnosed and others that had existed for over a decade.

Dr. Robinson did six lengthy surgeries on April 9-10. They were done with Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong and the attending surgeons and surgical residents assisting. These patients had structurally difficult airways and required the use of craniofacial surgery instruments, placing titanium bone plates and screws, and harvesting hip and rib cartilage bone grafts.

Fall 2008 (1 surgery), Lone Tree, CO

Dr. Robinson provided his services for a crime victim who suffered a facial gunshot wound. This charitable effort was done in coordination with Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery Patient Coordinator, Mrs. Tammy Garcia, and the Denver Center for Crime Victims, www.denvervictims.org . The patient's account is featured at: http://cbs4denver.com/video/?id=25014@kcnc.dayport.com

August 2008, (1 surgery), Lone Tree, Colorado

Dr. Randolph Robinson performed free facial staged reconstructive surgery for a 24 y.o. man born with cleft lip and palate deformities from Canada.

Total number of surgeries since 1993: 1031

May 20-July 1, 2008, $12,000.00 in Funds, Earthquake Relief, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Face the Challenge donated $12,000.00 to Chinese Children Charities (CCC, www.chinesechildren.org) in Centennial, Colorado. These funds provided shelter, clothing, food, and medications for the orphaned with facial deformities and the newly-orphaned from the 7.9 magnitude earthquake on May 11, 2008 near Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. FTC networked with CCC during a surgical mission to Xining, Qinghai Province, China in May 2005. This CCC team provided pediatric cleft repair surgeries, including for children from Tibet. Given the tremendous needs of many orphans and our ongoing relationship with CCC, FTC offered these relief funds to meet immediate needs.

April 2-13, 2008, (12 days), 21 surgeries, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Our 22nd international surgical team of eight included:

Randy Robinson, MD, DDS, Craniomaxillofacial Surgeon, Centennial, CO, Leader
Jeremy Williams, MD, Plastic Surgeon, Castle Rock, CO
William "Pepper" Denman, MD, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Winchester, MA
Amy Ortman, MD, Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge, MA
Jenea Robertson, Surgical Technologist, Colorado Springs, CO
Patsy King, RN, Peri-Operative Nurse, Aurora, CO
Gabi Stoeger-Stevens, BSN, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care, Evergreen, CO
Ginger Robinson, BSN, RN, Liaison/Post-Anesthesia Care, Centennial, CO

Drs. Robinson, Williams, and Ortman presented in Face the Challenge's (FTC's) fourth lecture series on April 7. The emphasis was on treating facial fractures especially due to increased trauma from motorcycle accidents.

The team did a total of 21 surgeries during the week of April 7-11 at the Odontomaxillofacial Hospital (OMFH), District 1, and the National Hospital of Odontostomatology (NHOS), District 5. They operated on infants and toddlers with cleft lip and palate deformities, and patients with ankylosed (frozen) jaw joints, facial fractures, and tumors in the initial stages of removal and also in the reconstructive phases. One all-day case was for a 12-year-old boy who had ankylosed jaw joints, unable to open his mouth more than one millimeter. Another was for a 4-year-old girl born with a duplicate maxilla (upper jaw). Her extra jaw, extra set of teeth, and extra tongue were all removed with wonderful esthetic and functional results.

12/20/07 (1 day) 1 surgery, Lone Tree, Colorado

Dr. Randy Robinson did an otoplasty (ear reconstruction) on a young girl with hemifacial microsomia, a condition in which the lower half of one side of the face is underdeveloped and does not grow normally. It is perhaps caused by a disruption of blood flow to this area of the face during the early part of pregnancy. Demoralized, this precious child had been teased by her peers. After the surgery she gained confidence and hope to face others in her life. FTC covered all her related costs and Dr. Robinson waived his own fees.

Total number of surgeries since 1993: 1010

9/12-16/07 (5 days) 2 surgeries, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Randolph (Randy) Robinson, MD, DDS and his wife, Ginger H. Robinson, BSN, RN traveled to Ho Chi Minh City September 12-16. It was FACE the Challenge's 21st international trip since 1993.

Dr. Robinson gave presentations on facial surgeries at an "Update Modern Technology" [sic] conference at the Sheraton Hotel. About 300 Vietnamese surgeons and dentists attended, their ages spanning two generations. They came from such places as Ha Noi, Hue, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta. At the request of the conference hosts, Dr. Robinson also gave a presentation on Face the Challenge, covering its mission and accounts of surgeries performed in Vietnam since 1995.

The conference was hosted by the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology (NHOS) directed by Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong. Dr. Robinson also did two demonstration surgeries at the NHOS on September 14. They were shown on closed-circuit television so the conference attendees could watch.

The Robinsons visited the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital (OMFH) and met with Dr. Hunyh Dai Hai, hospital director, and Dr. Le Thi Viet, oral and maxillo-facial surgery department director. Dr. Robinson did post-operative consultations for patients who had surgeries done by the FTC team last May. These patients included those who previously had complicated facial fractures and others who had jaw tumors removed.

The Robinsons brought 32 current (discounted) text books valued at nearly ,000.00. They donated 16 texts each for these two hospitals. These books were surgical, anesthesia, general medical reference, and nursing texts.

Total number of surgeries since 1993: 1009

5/2-5/13/07 (12 days) Face The Challenge Vietnam Trip Summary

The 20th international Face the Challenge team of nine performed 22 surgeries. They officially did FTC's 1,000th free facial surgery on May 9. In addition to doing a few pediatric cleft cases on May 7, the other facial surgeries were difficult and lengthy. On May 7 the team did a seminar on facial trauma, care for the patient during anesthesia, artificial jaw joint (TMJ) surgeries, and use of the Ethicon Endo Surgery Harmonic (ultrasonic) Scalpel. Afterwards the team attended a reception at the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital along with the seminar's ~25 attendees.

At the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital on May 8 - May 9 the team operated on patients with fractured bone plates after previous tumor removals and did hip grafts to address the lack of bone. One surgery was on a man who had fractured his jaw in previous years and needed an operation, a pectoralis (chest wall muscle) flap, where the muscle from his chest was drawn up to cover exposed bone on his lower jaw. Another surgery involved a man who was in a motorcycle accident. He had a LeFort III facial fracture; every bone in his face was fractured in multiple pieces. This case involved a coronal flap with an incision from the top of his skull to address fractures using bone plates and cranial bone grafts. Both surgeons did orthognathic surgeries for tumors, biopsies, and jaw deformities.

On May 10 and May 11 the team operated at the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology. There were several attending surgeons and surgery residents present, operating alongside of the FTC surgerons or observing. Once case involved a woman who fell and broke her lower jaw in two places when she was four. She has not been able to open her mouth in two decades. The doctors inserted two artificial jaw joints. The 10-hour surgery enabled this young woman's mouth to open and close for the first time in 20 years and her lips to touch again.

On May 11 the team operated on a man who had a tumor called neurofibromatosis (Elephant Man's disease) almost his entire life. The tumor covered the entire left side of his face, enfolding his eye, and caused his left scalp to balloon. The team did a "wedge resection". Finally, the team operated on two young women who had their jaws resected previously due to tumors. They did hip and rib grafts and applied bone plates to both.

The team included:
Randolph (Randy) Robinson, MD, DDS, Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgeon, Team Leader, Denver
Jim Curry, DDS, Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgeon, Denver
William (Pepper) Denman, IV, MD, Lead Anesthesiologist, Boston
Marjorie Podraza, MD, Anesthesiologist, Boston
Patricia (Patsy) King, RN, Circulator Nurse, Denver
Jenea Robertson, ST, Surgical Technologist, Colorado Springs
Major Erich Wagner, Harmonic Scalpel Specialist/Liaison, Nashville
Gabriela (Gabi) Stoger-Stevens, BSN, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care Nurse, Denver
Ginger Robinson, BSN, RN, FTC President/Liaison, Denver

The total number of surgeries climbed to 1007 cases.

12/8/06 (2 1/2 month stay) 1 surgery Feruza, infant from Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, accompanied by her mother, Shairigul Lone Tree/Denver, Colorado

Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Reconstructive Surgery, 12/8/06
Dr. Randy Robinson, cranio-maxillo-facial surgeon,
Dr. Jerry Popham, oculoplastic surgeon,
Dr. Jeremy Williams, plastic surgeon,
Dr. Joseph Strausburg, pediatric anesthesiologist

Drs. Robinson, Popham, Williams, and Strausburg, along with the surgical staff at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, Lone Tree, Colorado volunteered their skills during a 6 1/2 hour surgery. They repaired Feruza's extensive Tessier #4 left facial cleft and placement of a prosthetic right eye conformer.

Heart Defect Repair (Patent Ductus Arteriosus Ligation), Columbia-Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital (P/SL), Denver, 12/19/06
Dr. Douglas Christiansen, Pediatric Cardiologist,
Dr. Jack Chang, pediatric thoracic surgeon (retired),
Dr. Steven Rothenberg, pediatric thoracic surgeon,
Dr. Stan Rosenberg, Pediatrician

These doctors each volunteered their compassionate skills to help with Feruza's heart defect repair at PSL. Dr. Rosenberg, pediatrician, continues to meet Feruza's needs. Dr. and Mrs. Robinson contacted Dr. Chang to see who could help with Feruza's life-threatening need. Immediately Dr. Chang contacted Dr. Rothenberg who agreed to do Feruza's surgery free of charge. We also appreciate that Dr. Christiansen did the cardiac assessment and diagnostic tests for Feruza. Her hospitalization at PSL was extended by two nights due to the blizzard that hit the Denver area, 12/20-22. We appreciate the hospital staff's wonderful care they showed to Feruza and her mother, Shairigul during this entire time.

FTC extends a special thanks to Betty and Tami and their many contacts, including Cherry Hills Community Church, who helped coordinate Feruza's and Shairigul's travel and stay here. Ginger Robinson also wants to thank Mr. Aaron Luster, Consular Officer, US Embassy, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, who granted her request for a medical visa for Feruza and Shairigul.

11/24-12/3/06 (10 days) Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The FTC surgical team screened 50 prospective patients and did follow-up examinations of some of the patients who had surgeries in April 2006.

The team of six from the Denver area included:

Randolph (Randy) Robinson, MD, DDS, Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgeon, Leader
Steven Pugh, MD Pediatric Anesthesiologist
Michael Clark, Surgical Technologist
Patsy King, RN, Circulator/FTC Board Member
June Wehmhoefer, BSN, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care Nurse
Ginger Robinson, BSN, RN, Critical Care/Trip Coordinator and FTC President

The FTC team physicians lectured to 24 Vietnamese surgeons/dental specialists. As requested, Dr. Robinson taught about "ankylosis of the jaw", or frozen jaw joints. And, Dr. Pugh taught about emergency airway intervention techniques. These lectures are a continuation of a series begun in April 2006.

The team performed four days of surgeries. These cases ranged from biopsies for tumors, removals of large tumors, orthognathic (jaw) reconstructive surgeries for trauma and growth deformities, trauma reconstructions, and cleft lip and palate repairs on children. The team in conjunction with the Vietnamese surgeons did 18 surgeries.

The historical significance of this trip was Dr. Le Thi Viet, Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery Department Director, successfully did the first solo orthognathic case ever at the OMFH. Soon afterward in the other operating room, this second team of Vietnamese surgeons also succeeded in doing a Le Fort I/ bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO), another form of involved reconstructive surgery.

11/8/06 1 surgery (1 month stay) Craciun from Romania

Dr. Robinson repaired large traumatic cheek and lip scars on an orphaned 11-year-old Romanian boy, Craciun (means "Christmas"). These injuries were the result of an axe attack when he was six years old. He was accompanied by the orphanage director, Lidia, from Marghita, Romania and remained in the Denver area for one month. We appreciate the volunteer work John Sexton, DDS did to provide dental care for Craciun while he was here. Dr. Sexton is establishing a dental clinic near the Black Sea to help other Romanians.

We also are grateful for Dr. Fred and Karleen Dewey of the Denver area who continue to serve other orphans in Romania. They worked with Ginger Robinson, FTC President, to coordinate Craciun's and Lidia's travel and accommodations. Mrs. Robinson extends a personal "thank you" to Consul General Bryan W. Dalton and Sonya Tsiros, Consul, of the US Consulate in Bucharest, Romania for granting a medical visa for Craciun's travel to Denver.

Spring 2006 1 surgery

Dr. Randy Robinson did an uncomplicated cleft palate repair for a four-year-old Mexican girl.

4/5-16/06 (12 days) 13 surgeries The Face the Challenge surgical team of eleven returned from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam late on 16 April.

The team included:

Randy Robinson, MD, DDS, Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgeon, Leader, Hieu Pham, MD, DDS, Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgeon, Bruce Lowry, MD, Anesthesiologist, Patsy King, RN, Peri-Operative Nurse, Jenea Robertson, Surgical Assistant, Carla Sellers, CST, Surgical Technologist, Gabi Stoger-Stevens, BSN, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care Nurse, Leslie Turner, BSN, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care Nurse, Hoang Kim Petersen, BSN, RN, Trauma Core Nurse, Translator, Tom Bradbury, FTC Board Chairman, Financial Planner, Team Liaison, Brad Houston, Photojournalist, Team Liaison.

The team screened patients at the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital (OMFH) in District 1 and National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology (NHOS) in District 5. This time the prospective patients needed orthognathic (jaw) surgeries; the result of the Vietnamese surgeons' request in April 2005 that FTC teach them more about jaw surgery.

On 10 April Dr. Robinson and Dr. Pham did a series of lectures on orthognathic surgery for 30 Vietnamese surgeons. Earlier in 2006 Dr. and Mrs. Robinson wrote a text, Introduction to Orthognathic Surgery, and provided copies of the text for each surgeon.

The team operated at the OMFH on 11-12 April and the NHOS on 13 April. The OMFH is directed by Huynh Dai Hai, DDS and the Chief of Maxillo-Facial and Plastic Surgery Department remains Dr. Le Thi Viet. Lam Hoai Phuong, MD, PhD remains the Chief of the Maxillo-Facial Surgery Department at the NHOS. The team did a total of 13 orthognathic surgeries, nine at the OMFH and four at the NHOS. Each of these cases lasted 3-8 hours.

3/16/05 (11 days) 63 Surgeries The Face the Challenge team arrived home safely from Ho Chi Minh City in the early hours of 27 March 2005. They did facial plastic, oculo-plastic, cranio-facial, and orthognathic (jaw) surgeries, 21-25 March 2005. This trip was FTC's 12th surgical trip there since 1995; our 15th such trip overall. The team screened 107 prospective patients and did 63 surgeries on four operating tables in five days. Our surgical teams and their associates have now performed ~816 free facial surgeries since 1993.

The patients in Ho Chi Minh City were infants, children, and adults with deformities from trauma (especially motor vehicles), infection, and birth and growth defects. They came 200+ km from near Khmer villages at the southern-most tip of Viet Nam in the mud flats of Minh Hai Province, . . . and from the central highland villages of Gia Lai and Phu Yen, north of Da Nang. Those who traveled 1000 km by bus from the central highlands came from such tribes as the Hmong, Jarai, and Bahnar. They came barefoot. . . and thankful for the surgeries offered their children.

11/16/04 (1 day) Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery Center (PMCSC), Lone Tree, CO Dr. Randy Robinson, along with Dr. Bruce Lowry, anesthesiologist, perform 8 1/2-hour left facial reconstructive surgery for Shawn Perdon, 18 y.o. hit-and-run accident victim of a drunk driver, from Stroudsburg, PA. 1 Surgery
Drs. Robinson and Lowry provided their services free of charge. Stryker LEIBINGER donated bone paste, bone screws, and drill bits ($7,186.00 value) and Porex Surgical donated Medpore blocks for the left orbital reconstruction. FTC covered the nursing care and other peri-operative supplies and medications.

Shawn suffered severe brain and facial trauma on 2/25/03 the night of his accident. He was so badly injured that he was given his last rites, not expected to survive. But he did! He was in a coma for one month and in a rehabilitation hospital for a month after he regained consciousness, where he learned to walk and talk again. The left side of his face was crushed, he was blinded in his left eye, and experiences right-sided weakness as a result of the accident. His mother, Carole, was employed full-time with medical insurance, but was forced to declare bankruptcy. When their health insurance provider refused to cover Shawn's additional surgeries, citing them as "cosmetic", Dr. Robinson/FTC agreed to help.

Coordinated by: Mrs. Robinson, RN, Mrs. Carole Perdon, Shawn's mother, Karlene Valencia, PMCS Practice Manager, Katie Wilson, PMCS Patient Coordinator, Connie Connolly, RN, PMCS Charge Nurse

9/24/04 (1 day) PMCSC, Lone Tree, CO Dr. Robinson performs cleft palate repair surgery for Cristina Arcineda, 15 y.o. Her surgery was paid in part by Early Childhood Connections of Adams County and remaining nursing and supplies expenses were covered by Face the Challenge. 1 Surgery
Cristina wrote: "I wanted to thank you for the surgery you performed. . . my dream that I wanted so much has come true. Now I would like to study to be a doctor or nurse. . . .I hope that God blesses you and . . . you and your wife continue to fulfill the dreams of others who need you. "

6/29/04 (1 day) Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery Center, Lone Tree, CO Dr. Robinson inserted left prosthetic ocular implant after expanding left orbit and placing skin grafts for Tabihat Turgunalieva, 2 1/2 y.o. female orphan, prior to her return to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 7/27/04 1 surgery

4/16/04 (1 day) Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery Center, Lone Tree, CO Dr. Robinson performs second staged reconstructive facial surgeries each for Tabihat Turgunalieva and Romeo Rante 2 surgeries

3/6-6/7/04 (3 months) FTC Networks with Dr. Jaime Yrastorza and Mrs. Pat Yrastorza and their associates with Uplift Internationale (UI) to care for Romeo Rante, ~14 y.o. Filipino boy with a severe facial cleft. 1 surgery
Uplift Internationale of Littleton, CO sponsored Romeo who had his fourth and fifth (three performed in the Philippines by UI) facial reconstructive surgeries on March 11 and April 16 by FTC Founder, Dr. Randy Robinson, at Park Meadows Outpatient Surgery in Lone Tree, CO. Romeo's severe, deep congenital facial defect involved his left upper lip and maxilla and palate; his left eye was missing. The arrangements and round-trip airfare were provided by FTC. Dr. Bruce Lowry, volunteer anesthesiologist & FTC Board Member, administered anesthesia. Mrs. Barbara Spohn-Lillo, Certified Anaplastologist of Prosthetic Illusions, customized, donated, and fitted Romeo's left prosthetic eye on June 3. According to Dr. Yrastorza, "Hopefully, the 'highs' will help to blur the memory of the pains of operative procedures and embolden Romeo to face 'obstacles along the way.' . . ." On June 6 the Yrastorzas held a "despedida" (farewell) party with Romeo's supporters. On June 7, Dr. Yrastorza escorted Romeo, who carried his "pasalubong" (gifts), to Cebu, Philippines, then caught a ferry for Ormoc where he presented Romeo to his parents. For the first time ever, Romeo was able to 'taghoy' (whistle)...

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - 3/24 -4/4/04 (12 days) 69 Surgeries
The Face the Challenge/Facing Futures team arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 26 March 2004. On 27 March they screened 104 patients, some of whom with needs for extensive reconstruction of facial bones and many (~40) of whom were children with cleft lips and palates.

The Team included--Surgeons: Randy Robinson, MD, DDS, Oral, Maxillo-Facial, & Cranio-Facial Surgeon, Face the Challenge Founder, Centennial, CO, Jerry Popham, MD, Oculoplastic Surgeon, FTC Board Member, Golden, CO , Barry Steinberg, MD, DDS, PhD, O&M-F Surgeon, Dept. Dir. O&M-F Surgery, University of FL-Jacksonville, Lenny Kaban, MD, DDS, O&M-F Surgeon, Dept. Dir. O&M-F Surgery, Harvard University, Boston, Rennie Crane, DDS, O&M-F Surgeon, Danville, PA, Matthew Tranduc, MD, General Surgeon, Jacksonville, FL, Jonathan Vu, MD, Vascular Surgeon, Jacksonville, FL Anesthesia: William "Pepper" Denman, MD, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Tufts University, Boston, MA, Belinda "BC" Shauver, CRNA, Jacksonville, FL Peri-Operative Nurses: Connie Connolly, RN, Surgical scrub, Monument, CO , Bonnie Shippy, RN, Oculoplastic scrub, Morrison, CO, Telly Reburiano, RN, Surgical scrub, Jacksonville, FL Angela Altobell, RN, Surgical scrub, Boston, MA, Kerry Mildren, RN, Surgical scrub, Sydney, Australia, Linda Jaeschke, RN, Recovery room, Jacksonville, FL Anaplastology (Prosthetic Facial Parts): Barbara Spohn-Lillo, Littleton, CO , Danielle Lillo, 18, daughter Support: Nadine Nakazono, MD, Jerry Popham's wife, Golden, CO, Jerrod Popham, 15, son, Julia Popham, 8, daughter , Peter "P.J." O'Neil, 15, friend of the Pophams, Golden, CO, Scott Robinson, 17 1/2, Randy's and Ginger's son, Centennial, CO

For the tenth time, the team operated at the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital in District 1 of HCM City. The team was hosted by Hospital Director Dr. Huynh Dai Hai and the Department Director of O&M-F Surgery, Dr. Le Thi Viet. The team operated simultaneously on four surgery tables. On Monday 29 March-Friday 2 April they performed 12-18 surgeries each day for a total of 69 free facial surgeries. These surgeries were on the most impoverished infants and children from An Giang Province (East of Cambodia) and children and adults from the HCM City area.

Betty Tisdale, of Helping and Loving Orphans (HALO), greeted the team. She has overseen orphanages in Vietnam since the 1960s. The FTC team brought several items donated by AmeriCares Foundation that were distributed to two orphanages, Go Vap, government-run, and Te Phan, a two-room dwelling that houses 52 children and elderly homeless widows, overseen by "Brother Binh". The donated items included antibiotics, eye drops, vitamins, cough medicines, inhalers, toothbrushes/paste, stuffed animals, and blankets.

2/25-3/6/04 (11 days) FTC-Bolivia Medical Inland Mission, from Sucre, Bolivia
Drs. Rik and Sabine Cele, Directors of FTC-Bolivia, led the team members: Mr. John Lane, Chairman, FTC Board of Directors, Parker, CO, Mr. Mark Morrow, FTC Board of Directors Member, Denver, CO, Mr. Brad Houston, FTC Board of Advisors Member, St. Petersburg, FL Director/Producer, MissionVision Productions (MVP), and Mr. Gary Fowler, MVP Assistant, St. Petersburg, FL A Convoy of Hope container arrived with logistical and medical equipment and 250 big jars of 1,000 vitamins each. Saluda Charitable Foundation brought them from Columbia, SC and Equipping the Saints sent them in boxes. Fifteen team members prepared these vitamins for distribution in the inland. The inland outreach blessed the extremely poor villages and neglected churches in the Cordillera region of the Andes Mountains, caring for hundreds of patients. All who came received anti-parasitic treatment and vitamins. The mobile dentist, Yamila, extracted up to 80 teeth/day. People heard the Gospel and received intercessory prayer. MVP filmed the team at work; Brad Houston produced a 13 min. 30 sec. DVD for distribution. As Rik stated, ". . . Truly, we must pray and trust. Where God leads, He provides everything. We are The Privileged."

3/19-3/31/03 (13 days) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 37 Surgical Procedures
After months of preparation, the theoretical risks of the newly-identified disease (SARS) and Operation Iraqi Freedom were met with the very real challenge of natural disaster, the "blizzard of the century" in Denver. After a two-day blizzard delay, the FTC team of seven led by Jerry Popham, MD, oculoplastic surgeon and FTC Board member, joined the Facing Futures team, led by Dr. Barry Steinberg, oral and maxillofacial surgeon from Jacksonville, FL , in Ho Chi Minh City. At the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital they screened nearly 150 prospective patients. Due to the loss of nurse anesthetist Ms. BC Shauver, CRNA, to her service in the Iraqi Freedom war effort, the surgical team especially was forced to reduce the number of more aggressive cases on the fragile children. The number of oculoplastics cases was not affected. One of the patients, a 4 1/2-month-old baby girl, came from Ms. Betty Tisdale's Orphanage in Vietnam. An NBC Dateline Coverage film crew was present to cover Ms. Tisdale, the "Angel of Saigon", and this baby who was attacked soon after birth and received reconstructive facial surgery by Dr. Popham. The team ultimately performed 37 free facial surgeries.

1/1-2/10/03 (40 days) Kenyan Jaw Tumor Patient Brought to Denver
FTC brought Mr. Joel Musee Mwongela, a ~24-year-old man with a large jaw tumor (ameloblastoma) to the US from his home area of Central Kitui District, Kenya, East Africa. The 6" x 6" tumor had been growing for ~10 years & weighed 4 lbs. It was removed at EXEMPLA Saint Joseph Hospital (ESJH) in Denver, CO on 1/7/03 during an 18 1/2 hr. surgery. ESJH waived all of Mr. Mwongela's diagnostic, surgery, & hospitalization expenses, 1/7-1/14/03.

The team of surgeons & anesthesiologists included: Randy Robinson, MD, DDS, craniofacial surgeon, Patrick CW Kline, MD, DMD, oral & maxillofacial & facial cosmetic surgeon, John Campana, MD, ENT surgeon, & Kim Nelson, MD, ENT surgical resident, Mark Newton, MD, anesthesiologist, & Bruce Lowry, MD, anesthesiologist. All team members provided their services for free.

Mr. Mwongela & his escort, Mr. Gary Johnson, Medical Technologist, of Clinics of Care-Kenya, Mwingi, Kenya returned safely to Kenya on 2/12/03.

Funding: FTC, Centennial, CO, hospitalization expenses covered by EXEMPLA Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO, travel expenses paid for by Mr. Terrell Davis (#30 Denver Broncos), Ms. Kateree Davis, & Mr. Frank White, Centennial, CO/San Diego, CA

Coordinators: Mrs. Ginger Robinson, RN, Mrs. Lise Crouthers, Dr. Mark Newton, anesthesiologist, & Mrs. Sue Newton, physical therapist, both medical missionaries in Kijabe, Kenya, '98-11/01, & Mr. Gary Johnson, MT & Mrs. Pat Johnson, RN, both of Clinics of Care-Kenya

3/13-25/02 (13 days) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 57 Surgical Procedures
A surgical team of 27 returned to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam & performed 44 free facial surgeries (57 procedures) during five operating days, March 18-22, at the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial "Center". Facial, maxillofacial, & oculoplastic procedures predominated the types of surgeries performed, while the trend for more complex surgeries continued. Many patients received surgical care for multiple problems; all recovered well, without difficulties.

They continued to address patients with burn trauma, including a woman who was attacked with sulfuric acid. FTC surgeons performed a corneal transplant, while VN surgeons received detailed training of this procedure.

Some team representatives traveled to the US Embassy in Hanoi on March 22 to discuss FTC's work with an associate of the US Ambassador to VN, Raymond Burghardt. The team also celebrated at the wedding reception for Dr. Le thi "Viet" & her husband, Dr. Ho Hoai "Nam", both of whom are oral & maxillofacial surgeons at the "Center".

Funding: FTC, Centennial, CO & Lorenz-Smeenge Foundation, Jacksonville, FL
Coordinators: Dr. Randy Robinson, Mrs. Robinson, & Mrs. Crouthers
Team Leaders: Dr. Jerry Popham, FTC, & Dr. Barry Steinberg, L-SF

1/16/02 (1 day) Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery Center, Lone Tree, CO 1 Surgery
Dr. Robinson performs free right facial reconstruction surgery on a 32 y.o. woman, Rosa Simental, who had a facial tumor removed (tumor resection) when she was a child in Mexico. Anesthesia was provided by Dr. Jim Sederberg. She also benefitted from donated Osteomed screws and Porex Surgical's Medpore malar implant.

12/00 to the present Vietnam Provinces Project, Ongoing Effort
In addition to her role as Dept. Dir. of Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery at the Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Dr. Le Thi Viet, also leads surgical teams of ~6-10 members to provide:

  • free facial surgeries, meals for the patients' families
  • a set of clothing for each patient
  • cash for family travel expenses

in the poorest provinces of Vietnam. This effort, "Compassion", initiated and named by Dr. Viet, is funded through FTC's Vietnam Provinces Fund. All of the funds received by FTC and designated for the Vietnam Provinces are wired to Dr. Viet and used only for these purposes. (No monies are held for administrative or other purposes.)

Since 12/00, Dr. Viet's teams have performed ~400 facial surgeries at province hospitals and the Center from FTC funds (270) and Province Children's Funds (130) provided for her use. Her teams went to Binh Thuan, Vinh Long, Phu Yen, Dong Thap, Kien Giang, and Binh Dinh Provinces. Dr. Viet provides periodic updates regarding these trips and her use of the funds. Such trips and their outcomes include:

Binh Thuan Province, Phan Thiet City Hospital, 6/00

  • ~40 cleft lip and/or cleft palate surgeries @ ~$37US/case

Dong Thap Province, 9/00

  • 79 cleft lip and/or cleft palate surgeries

Binh Dinh Province, Qui Nhon City Hospital (700 km from Ho Chi Minh City, central Vietnam)

  • 6 surgeons, 2 anesthesiologists, and 2 nurses, using 4 operating tables, 71 surgeries (22 cleft lip, 45 palate, scar repair surgeries), funded by FTC

Kien Giang Province (an area where the Mekong River and the South China Sea are, and the site of much flooding and death, 9/00), 12/25-31/00

  • ~80 cleft lip and/or cleft palate surgeries, funded by FTC

Total of reported cases funded by FTC-Vietnam Province Funds: ~270

1/2-20/01 Vietnam Provinces' Committees for Protection. . .for Children
There were also patients from provinces who received surgeries from Dr. Viet's Compassion team at the Center. But they were funded by the Provinces' Committees for Protection and Care for Children, not FTC. These patients included those from Dong Thap (30), Dong Nai (50), and An Giang (50). All these surgeries were performed before the Vietnamese New Year, Tet, when all surgeries are stopped. (If surgeries are performed during Tet celebrations, it is believed to bring bad luck to the patients and their families.

(Additional cases from Province Children's Committees' Funds: ~130, but not included in FTC's total surgeries list)

11/1-11/01 Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan Province & Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam, 28 Surgeries
Dr. Robinson leads FTC team of 5 to Phan Thiet Hospital, Binh Thuan Province to operate with Dr. Le Thi Viet's Compassion team, 11/4-7/01. Together they perform 25 cleft lip and palate surgeries on patients ranging in age from 6 months to 38 years. The FTC team also donates suture and other surgical supplies to the Phan Thiet Hospital staff for use as needed.

The team returns to Ho Chi Minh City, and performs 3 difficult, lengthy reconstructive surgeries at the Institute of Odonto-Stomatology, 11/7-9/01. They collaborate with the Director, Prof. Lam Ngoc An, MD, DDS, PhD, an oral & maxillofacial surgeon, his daughter, Lam Hoai Phuong, PhD, MD, DDS, also an O & MF surgeon, and their associates. The FTC team also donates a Valleylab Force 2 electrocautery unit (donated to FTC), Stryker-Leibinger burs and sawblades and Lorenz surgical screws and bone plating supplies for repairing facial fractures.

Total surgeries: 28
Funding: FTC
Coordinators: Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Crouthers

8/15/01 (1 day) Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery Center, Lone Tree, Colorado 1 Surgery
Dr. Robinson performs a free cranial bone graft to a cleft deformity on Maste "Alonzo" J. Montoya, 10 y.o. from Brighton, CO. This free surgery was performed when Colorado Access Child Health Plan Plus denied coverage for his surgical expenses.

3/14-23/01 (10 days) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 33 Surgeries
Drs. Jerry Popham (FTC Board member & oculoplastic surgeon) and Barry Steinberg (with Lorenz-Smeenge Foundation & oral & maxillofacial surgeon) co-lead a facial surgery team at the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. The team performs surgeries, along-side-of their hosts, Dr. Tran Ngoc Dinh (Center Director), and Dr. Le Thi Viet (Director of Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery). The team also designs artificial eyes and oral splints for patients.
Total surgeries: 33
Funding: FTC, Centennial, CO and Lorenz-Smeenge Foundation, Jacksonville, FL
Coordinators: Drs. Popham and Steinberg and Mrs. Ebony DuBose

10/6-17/00 (11 days) Shen Yang, China, 18 Surgeries
Dr. Randy Robinson leads FTC team of 12 to Shen Yang, China. They perform 18 surgeries, including four orphans, selected by the Chinese officials from a list of 30 potential cases. The cases were done at the renovated Liaoning Power Central Hospital (different name, but same complex as in 3/97). They present nine lectures on facial surgeries. Afterwards, they tour Tiananmen Square, the Imperial Palace, and the Great Wall.

3/2-13/00 (12 days) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 43 Surgeries
Dr. Popham leads FTC component of surgical team in conjunction with Walter Lorenz-Smeenge Foundation team members, led by Dr. Barry Steinberg of Jacksonville, FL, to HCM City, Viet Nam. The team operates at the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Center, Directed by Dr. Trinh Cong Khoi and Dr. Le Thi Viet, Director of the Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Total surgeries: 43
Funding: FTC and Lorenz-Smeenge Foundation (L-SF, Jacksonville, FL)
Coordinators: Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Crouthers, Mrs. Ebony DuBose (WLF, Jacksonville, FL)

2/28-3/3/00 (5 days) Sucre, Bolivia/Andes Mountains Medical Mission
FTC Board Members, Mr. John Lane and Mr. Mark Morrow, and Rev. Jim Piper traveled to Sucre, Bolivia to meet with FTC-supported Drs. Rik and Sabine Celie. They traveled into the Andes Mountains and assisted Dr. Rik Celie in providing medical care are various villages.
Funding: FTC
Coordinators: Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Crouthers, Mr. Lane, and Mr. Morrow.

11/8/99 Kenyan Boy with Craniofacial Deformity Brought to Jacksonville, FL
Dr. Popham provides technical support at the University of Florida-Jacksonville Medical Center for Sela, a 7 y.o. boy from Kenya, with a large craniofacial deformity (encephalocele). Sela';s surgery lasted 16+ hours. Dr. Steinberg, University of Florida-Jacksonville Medical Center Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department Chief, coordinated and helped perform this surgery. Also present was Dr. Rennie Crane, O & M-F surgeon and FTC team member from Danville, PA.
Funding: University of Florida-Jacksonville Medical Center, Walter Lorenz Surgical of Jacksonville, and a (Walter) Lorenz-(Joel) Smeenge Foundation members of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Team.

8/26/99 Navajo Teenager Receives Ear Reconstruction
Dr. Robinson does a free ear reconstruction on Silvina Costilla, a Navajo teenager from New Mexico, at EXEMPLA/St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO.
Funding: FTC & EXEMPLA.

4/1-7/99 (6 days) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 3 Surgeries
Dr. Robinson, Dr. Bruce Lowry, anesthesiologist, Brad Houston, photojournalist, Eric Robinson, student, and Peter Lowry, student, travel to HCM City, VN, donated two surgical headlights, surgical instruments, Ethicon suture, linens, and toys, and did 3 facial surgeries at the Institute of Prof. An.
Funding: FTC
Coordinators: Mrs. Robinson and Mrs.Crouthers.

4/20/98 (6 days) Mexican Man Receives Craniofacial Surgery in Denver
Dr. Robinson does a free 10-hour craniofacial surgery on Martin Montero from Mexico at COLUMBIA-Presbyterian/St. Luke';s Hospital in Denver.
Funding: FTC and COLUMBIA P/SL

3/25-4/6/98 (12 days) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 16 Surgeries
Dr. Popham, oculoplastic surgeon and FTC Team Leader brings a surgical team of to HCM City, Viet Nam. Do 16 facial surgeries. Bill LeTourneau passed away from a heart attack on 2 April in HCM City and Team returned three days early.
Funding: FTC
Trip coordinators: Mrs. Robinson, RN, Mrs. Crouthers, Ms. McDowell, RN, Ms. Julie Vance, CST, and Dr. Sexauer.
Supplies: Project CURE.

1/14-2/4/98 Vietnamese Woman with Jaw Tumor Brought to Ann Arbor, MI
Dang Thi Thang, 22 y.o. orphan, and Nurse Le Thi Nguyet from the Institute in HCM City arrive in Ann Arbor, MI. Dang had reconstructive jaw surgery done by Barry Steinberg, PhD, DDS, MD. Funding: FTC-round-trip airfare; University of Michigan Medical Center-hospitalization and accommodations for Ns. Nguyet.
Coordinator: Mrs. Robinson, RN.

10/8-22/97 (15 days) FTC Board Members Go On Bolivia Medical Mission
Mr. Morrow, FTC Board Member, and Mr. Lane, FTC Bolivia Oversight Committee Member, travel to Santa-Cruz, Bolivia to bring medications and supplies, observe, encourage, and tour with the Celies.
Funding: Morrows'; and Lanes'; personal funds
Donated medical supplies: Project CURE.

9/16-22/97 (6-7 days) FTC Funds National Conference Expenses for Vietnamese Surgeons
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and FTC hosts (6) Vietnamese surgeons and their wives: Dr. Lam Ngoc An, Dr. Lam Houi Phuong (Prof. An';s daughter), Dr. Trinh Cong Khoi, Pham Thi Minh Phuong (wife), Dr. Nguyen Hoanh Duc, and Dr. Tran Thi Hoa (wife).
Funding: AAOMS-conference registration and hotel accommodations in Seattle, WA; FTC-airfare, some meals.
Coordinator: Mrs. Robinson, RN.

5/9/97Board Member Delivers Facial Prosthetics and Medical Supplies
Mr. LeTourneau meets with the Vietnamese surgeons in HCM City and delivers prosthetic noses, transformers, a nitrogen regulator, and official invitations for the surgeons to come to the US in September 1997.
Funding: FTC.

3/27-4/7/97 (12 days) Shen Yang, China, 14 Surgeries
Dr. Robinson, Team Leader, travels with a surgical team of 10 to do 14 facial surgeries in Shen Yang, China. Invited by the Northeast Power Group Central Hospital and Huaying America with Yung-Hai Chen, PhD, and Ada Ai-Ti Chen, PhD, and FTC Advisory Board Member, Mr. Jim Ringenberg.
Funding: FTC
Coordinators: Mrs. Robinson, RN, Mrs. Crouthers, Ms. Sharyl McDowell, RN, Ms. Teri Sexauer, DO.
Donated surgical supplies: Project CURE.

10/4-19/96 (15 days) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 64 Surgeries
Dr. Robinson, Team Leader, travels with a surgical team of 25 to do 64 facial surgeries in HCM City, Viet nam. Team also included Dr. Popham, Bill & Julie LeTourneau, and Mrs. Robinson.
Funding: FTC
Coordinators: Mrs. Robinson, RN, Mrs. Lise Crouthers, Ms. Sharyl McDowell, RN, Mrs. Julie LeTourneau, Mrs. Kathy Strausburg, RPh.
Donated surgical supplies: Project CURE.

2/25-3/4/96 (9 days) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 3 Surgeries
Dr. Robinson and Mr. LeTourneau return to HCM City to meet with the Vietnamese surgeons and to do 3 surgeries.
Funding: FTC
Coordinator: Mrs. Robinson, RN.

7/5-6/95 Denver News Feature on Vietnam Mission
KCNC Channel 4 (NBC then) features FTC Viet Nam 1995 trip.

2/20-3/5/95 (14 days) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 75 Surgeries
Dr. Robinson, FTC Team Leader, brings a team of 15, including Dr. Popham and Mr. LeTourneau, to HCM City. Do 75 facial surgeries.
Funding: FTC
Coordinator: Mrs. Ginger Robinson, RN.

11/1-10/94 (10 days) Scouting Trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Dr. Robinson and Mr. Bill LeTourneau, Director-Asia/Pacific, Youth for Christ International go on a scouting trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Meet Prof. Lam Ngoc An, Director-Institute of Odonto-Stomatology, and Dr. Trinh Cong Khoi, Director-Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Center and Dr. Nguyen Hoanh Duc. Agree to bring an FTC surgical team February 1995. Funding: FTC

5/94 Support for Medical Efforts in Bolivia
FTC agrees to fund Drs. Rik and Sabine Celies'; medical outreach efforts in Bolivia.
Oversight committee: Rev. Wayne Peterson, Mr. John Lane, and Mr. Mark Morrow.

4/9-5/1/94 (23 days) Three Bolivian Children Brought to Denver for Craniofacial Surgeries
Dr. Larry McCleary, pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Jerry Popham, oculoplastic surgeon, and Dr. Robinson, craniofacial surgeon, do free facial surgeries on Johny Antequera, Mariana Padilla, and Jeanette Mendez at EXEMPLA/St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO Host: FTC for Dr. Rik Celie, Dr. Marcelo Arana, Daisy Antequera (mother), Christina Padilla (mother), and Fred Mendez (father).
Funding: American Airlines and FTC

4/3-4/22/94 (20 days) Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeon Travels to Ukraine, Siberia, and Moldova
Dr. Rick & Jan Kopke travel with a group of ear, nose, and throat surgeons to give a series of lectures in Ukraine, Siberia, and Moldova.
Funding: Channeled through FTC.

12/17/93FTC Officially Incorporates as a Non-Profit Organization
Face the Challenge officially incorporated. Named in honor of Robert D. Foster, Manager of Lost Valley Ranch, near Deckers, CO, and author of The Challenge bi-monthly newsletter to business professionals.
Voluntary legal counsel: Jim Ringenberg, attorney, Ft. Collins, CO.

10/22-29/93 (8 days)
Dr. Robinson returns to Sucre and La Paz, Bolivia to join Dr. Cesteleyn in doing 14 facial surgeries.
Funding: Channeled through The Challenge, Robert D. Foster, President, Colorado Springs, CO.

3/26/93-4/10/93 (16 days)
Randy Robinson, MD, DDS traveled to do facial surgeries with Rotary';s Thousand Smiles Foundation and Dr. Jeff Moses in San Jose, Costa Rica. Afterwards he joined Belgian craniofacial surgeon, Luc Cesteleyn, MD, DDS, to perform facial surgeries in Sucre, Bolivia. Funding: Robinsons'; personal funds.

TOTAL # Face the Challenge surgeries, funded by FTC and/or performed by FTC teams since 1993: 1107