CMM 2018: Dinalupihan, Bataan

Dear CMM Volunteers and Supporters,

My name is Rusty Aujero, I am a retired nurse from Durham, NC.  I am the US Coordinator for CMM 2018.  I first volunteered with the Carolina Medical Mission in 2003 when the joint mission was held in my hometown of Dinalupihan, Bataan.  We were able to serve over 5,000 patients during the four day mission.  I am proud and excited to announce that CMM 2018 will return to Bataan.  We are scheduled to serve my townmates of Dinalupihan on February 4-8, 2018.  

During my February 2017 visit to my town, I felt the tremendous support of the municipality leaders.  They are excited and are anticipating CMM’s return. My entire family is prepared and motivated to help out in any way they can.  They view CMM’s humanitarian work as a form of stewardship in sharing God’s given gift of time, talent, and treasure in service to the underprivileged in the Philippines. The “smiles” and “thank-yous” from our kababayan (our fellow Filipinos) are our foremost rewards!

This will be CMM’s 25th year of community outreach to the Philippines.  This is my first experience as the US coordinator.  I am inspired and overjoyed to coordinate CMM’s return to my hometown. I am fully aware of the patience and sacrifices needed for a successful mission. I am ready to face the many challenges of coordinating a free medical, surgical, and dental mission.  My personal motto that I firmly believe in is that “God always provides” for a noble cause, especially with His favorite people, “the poor”.

My husband, Mau and I have already started the crucial task of fundraising. We are learning that it is not an easy job. We are blessed to have gotten off to a fairly good start.  However, we are still far from our goal of raising the necessary funds to support a four day mission trip.  A financial gift from you will be a big help in reaching our fundraising goal for CMM 2018 in DInalupihan, Bataan.  Thank you in advanced for your generosity.

I invite all medical and non-medical volunteers to come and join us next year for the silver anniversary of CMM.  I look forward to sharing the historical and cultural treasures that my hometown and province have to offer.  All of you have an important part and we are all one body in serving the poor with love for the glory of our own CREATOR!

Finally, an early congratulations to the Carolina Medical Mission on their upcoming 25th year of service! More power to all committed volunteers and to the CMM leaders who serve with humility.

Rusty Aujero, RN
US Coordinator
CMM 2018 Dinualupihan, Bataan