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Giving to Extremes (GTE) is a medial charity that funds surgical missions to impoverished nations around the globe. It does this by bringing together two remarkable and dedicated groups of people who are eager to take on a challenge: athletes and medical volunteers.
Founded on the belief that stories of inspiration exist everywhere, Giving to Extremes harnesses the inspirational power of ordinary people pushing themselves to extremes to meet athletic challenges or pursue medical mission work to change the lives of people suffering from illness throughout the world. GTE also seeks to tell the stories of these amazing individuals and volunteers as they pursue athletic achievements or travel to international sites to perform life-changing surgery.
Each year, organized missions travel to impoverished regions of Asia, Africa, Central America, and nations throughout the world to perform life-changing fistula surgery, repair facial deformity in children, and fix other deformities that destroy the lives of men, women, and children. Each of these remarkable missions is possible because of the compassion and dedication of the many medical volunteers who step forward in support of these missions.However, we can do much more -- and GTE wants YOU to become involved. In 2011, more than 500,000 people completed a marathon in the United States. In 2010, 2.3 million athletes finished a triathlon. Annually, 8,000 to 13,000 climbers attempt the challenging ascent of the 14,411-foot Mount Rainier in Washington State. Each of these challenges requires perseverance and dedication -- and very often the athlete is supported and cheered on by friends and family. WHAT IF each of these remarkable individuals ran or cycled or climbed or swam for a cause? And WHAT IF the money raised funded equally remarkable individuals eager to help transform lives across the world through surgical missions. That is exactly what GTE seeks to do. But the goal of GTE is not only to generate donations. We also want to tell the stories of remarkable individuals. Through blogs, photos, and video journals, GTE will capture the challenges and triumphs of the athletes, medical volunteers, and, more importantly, the men and women in impoverished nations whose lives will be forever changed through this partnership. We encourage you to join this journey.
- David Rapp
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