February 8, 2016

Medical Mission: Dominican Republic

     I had the opportunity to join "Meeting God in Missions" in January, 2016 for a week trip to Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic. It was a large group with many different ministry teams. I was able to work the medical team, which consisted of 4 providers, several nurses, and various other helpers.
     Our team held medical clinics in several different sugar cane villages throughout the week. These are villages comprised of the workers and families who work the sugar cane fields. It is not a particularly well-paying job. Many of the workers are actually Haitian who have crossed the border illegally, and have no regular access to healthcare. 
You never know quite what you're going to get in these types of clinics. We saw everything from hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract infections, colds, abscesses, and wounds to lice, joint problems, dehydration and stomach parasites. All told, we saw over 200 patients of varying ages that week.
     Kim's Kaps graciously donated a number of beautiful caps that came in handy. One of our providers specialized in sports medicine and joints, a big blessing since joint pain is a big complaint for the sugar cane workers. He administered many injections in various joints, and the caps helped keep things a little bit cleaner, as well as kept the sweat out of his eyes. 

Another of our providers also ended up needing to debride a wound, and the caps were helpful in keeping things as clean as possible in an open-air setting. Thank you so much Kim's Kaps for your part in our trip!

December 19, 2015

Medical Mission: Peru

My two weeks in Northern Peru with Global Health Volunteers were a wonderful experience.  Our team was made up of 40 volunteers, including surgical staff, translators, pharmacy techs, and warehouse supply and support teams. 
We used the local hospital's OR and worked long, hard hours to treat patients that otherwise could not afford treatment.
We had three surgical team; a gynecology team, general team, and plastic surgery team and in total, completed 118 surgeries in two weeks!  
Our clinical team was also able to treat over 700 patients, so nearly 900 patients were seen and treated, free of charge!
The hats donated by KimKaps were a huge hit - they were gone within a minute of offering them to the group! We had so much fun together and it was a wonderful experience.  Thank you so much for your contribution - sharing fun surgical caps is a great way to make friends!

November 11, 2015

Medical Mission: Guatemala

Allison recently returned from a Medical Mission to Guatemala and we were able to send along some KimKaps to brighten things up a bit. For more information on how you can receive a donation of Kaps for an upcoming Medical Mission, email kim@kimkaps.com 

November 10, 2015

Medical Mission: Colombia

      Thank you so much for your donation of Kaps. I shared the 10 cute caps, plus 4 of my own KimKaps, with the nurses in the Burn ICU at Hospitál Simón Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia. I went to this unit for the second time with Physicians for Peace. Our goal over the week was to help empower the multidisciplinary burn team to communicate and work as an effective team. These nurses work so hard. Last year they loved the KimKaps I wore (which I left there for them), so I'm really glad this year I was able to bring some more for them. They look so cute!

Thank you, Zoe, for your hard work and dedication to the people of Colombia, we know your efforts make a big difference in their lives and we are grateful to play a small role in that.

If you would like information on how you can receive a donation of Kaps for an upcoming Medical Mission, email kim@kimkaps.com with your shipping address and let us know where/when you're going.

October 26, 2015

Medical Mission: Peru

 We're loving these photos from Rene's releft lip and palate Medical Mission to Coya, Peru with Opecent cration Rainbow!
For info on how you can receive a donation of Kaps for a Medical Mission, email kim@kimkaps.com

October 17, 2015

Medical Mission: Mexico

  Hi Kim, 
I just wanted to say thank you for the Kimkaps donation to Children's Surgery International Mission in Hermosillo MX. We touched the lives of 52 children in 3 days of surgery. The team and local staff LOVED their Kimkaps.
Thanks again for your donation. It was greatly appreciated.

At KimKaps, we love being part of Medical Missions-if you're heading out on one, email kim@kimkaps.com for more info on how you can receive a donation of Kaps to take along!

August 25, 2015

A long, blonde, curly-haired wig

When we heard about this adorable 8 (almost 9) year old boy who spent 2 years growing out his hair to donate, we just had to tell you all about him!
 Meet Ramberg, aka Boogie, who was inspired at just 6 years old when his cousins Lexi & Izy donated their hair. His mom quotes him on July 22, 2013 as having said
Someone would just love a curly haired wig!"
The hair needed to be at least 12 inches and during the process he was called a girl more times than he could count, but that didn't stop Boogie from being determined to grow out his hair. He said that his favorite thing about having long hair was 
"Rubbing it on my back and when people would play with it", 
but it was difficult having to get the soap out and brush it. 
He would love for whomever receives the hair to know that it came from a boy.
Boogie feels "Happy and excited that someone without hair will be able to have hair," and if you're considering donating he'd love for you to know that "It's fun to donate your hair because other people that will get to have your hair, will feel happy because it was thoughtful of you."
Boogie's mom describes him as being "amazing at Legos and anything artsy. He truly is incredibly talented. His creative mind is a huge part of him and he is always impressing people with it. 
He has been a giver since he was a toddler
He loves to give away his artwork and anything he has to give. He was definitely sent here to share his love of life and love of people. He is kind, a good boy that makes many good choices. We are proud of him and his accomplishments, I admire his courage to stand strong through this experience by blessing another."

When we asked him if he would consider growing his hair out again, Boogie said "Maybe." We're sure that whomever receives the wig made from your gorgeous locks will appreciate their "long, blonde, curly haired wig!"

August 7, 2015

KimKaps Ambassadors: Mary Beth

We work in the OR in Anniston, Alabama. I am a nurse anesthetist and receiving Kaps were all the female anesthesia department and a couple of our friends who are circulating RN's and the fabulous Charge Nurse!

August 5, 2015

KimKaps Ambassadors: Haley

On a typical day you can usually find me doing a DaVinci or an ENT case as those are my two specialties. If I'm not scrubbed in, I help with turnovers or pulling case carts for the following day. I'm so glad I won this contest and could share my love of KimKaps with my coworkers who also love them ! Our scrubs are so bland, so we love to style them up with your hats ! Thanks so much !

July 23, 2015

KimKaps Ambassadors: Anita

I'm Anita and I work as a nurse anesthetist in a hospital's operating room and surgery center.
I consider myself truly lucky that I get to work with such a genuinely dedicated group of nurses, doctors, and other healthcare personnel.  The cases we see can vary in nature and complexity, but we consistently give 100% every day.
Not every day is easy, but I can always leave work knowing I have done my best to care for the health and well-being of my patients during a time when they needed it the most. The generous gift of KimKaps enables us to express who we are as health care providers and individuals, while adding a little color to the workplace!  Thank you for brightening our day while we continue to care for our patients.