Local Community Members To Give Back And Participate In The First Cny Medical Mission

OSWEGO – Landscapers, business owners, retired educators, and several local healthcare professionals will all be coming together with one goal in mind … to serve and help make a difference in an impoverished community.

February 24-March 2, a total of twenty-two individuals representing three clergies from CNY will be traveling to the Dominican Republic as part of Mission 2535 for the first-ever, local Medical Mission.

These 22 individuals have chosen to use their funds and utilized their own PTO time to make the trip. Based on their professional skills and talents, they each will be assisting with the construction of a youth restoration center (a facility where teens recover from addictions), as well as establishing a medical clinic in area communities.

Representing Oswego Alliance Church and making the trip will be:

Chris Choate, Retired Designer from Constellation Nine Mile Point

Joanne Choate, Bookkeeper at Northwest Mutual Life

Nancy Tyler Curran, Sonographer at Oswego Health

Richmond Friedrich, Lineman

Bernie Galka, Retired School Teacher

Dave Manwaring, Owner of Manwaring’s Lawn & Snow

Alyse Oostdyk, RN at Oswego Health

Danny Oostdyk, Co-owner of Camp Foundations

Carla Ratzlaff, Docent at Safe Haven Museum and Education Center

Claire Ratzlaff, Assistant Director at Youth Advocate Program Inc.

Cali Rodriguez, RN at Oswego Health

Carol Van Gorder, Retired from Family Resource Center

Dr. Scott Van Gorder, ConnextCare


Representing Elim Grace Church will be:

Dave Chartrand, Retired School Teacher

Beverly Chartrand, Family Nurse Practitioner

Adam Humphrey, Wayne Drug Pharmacy

Dr. Mark Humphrey, Oswego Health

Rebecca Humphrey, Development Admin Intern at Advocates Inc.

Susan Humphrey, NY State Coordinator at TeenPact Leadership Schools

Alicia Vann, PT/DPT at Morningstar Care Center & Oswego Health


Representing Auburn Alliance Church will be:

Chris Negley, Owner of Elegant Estates

Madalyn Negley, Student


Facilitating the Mission will be Chris Choate, who shares, “This is the eighth Mission trip we’ve organized over the years, but our first ever medical mission and it’s just incredible the support we’ve received from local community members who want to serve and help assist Mission 2535 in bringing dignified healthcare to the local community in the Dominican Republic.”

These incredibly dedicated individuals who will make up Mission 2535 for CNY are anticipating serving at least 100 patients per day throughout their scheduled five-day clinical stay.

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