At the January 13th meeting, we heard from Mary Fusinski regarding a Native American named Damien who has spina bifida and is attending Yavapai College.  Spina bifida (Latin: "split spine") is a developmental congenital disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube. Some vertebrae overlying the spinal cord are not fully formed and remain unfused and open. 

Damien arrived with very little money, and his coordinators are looking for donations of money or items he needs in order to see and hear better, access technology, and have clothing appropriate for the weather.  Many Rotarians came forward and met some of his needs, and Mary reports additional items he could use.

If you can help, call Mary at 928-239-0211 or email her at  Thank you for your generosity!