Category: Thank You


Young Heart Patient to Receive Surgery, Uganda

Patricia Biira

August 14, 2017 - Uganda

Alphonse Mwanamwolho

Patricia Biira is a 3-year-old girl from the village of Kitholhu in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda. She was born with holes in her heart, which prevented her from growing and developing normally. Before receiving help from Real Medicine Foundation, Patricia’s parents struggled with her illness to the extent of selling their only piece of land, but even that was not enough to access treatment for their daughter at the Uganda Heart Institute. Patricia’s parents became depressed as they watched their child struggle. In 2016, they desperately requested RMF’s support, which was granted. Patricia…

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Today, 24th January 2015, Hiccup Circus presented their informative performances that the community had been eagerly awaiting following the posters that we had pinned earlier on at public places in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement inviting the community for the event. A very special Thank You to RMF’s Cindy Stein Urbanc for introducing RMF to Hiccup Circus and for fundraising herself to make this event possible!

The performances were dramatizing two themes: Encouraging communities to take children for Immunization and HIV/AIDS Prevention. The performances attracted a significant audience of approximately 1,000 people, mostly children and youths (as you…

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By Dr. Taban Martin Vitale


South Sudan is still recovering from more than two decades of civil war, which broke out in 1983 and lasted until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005 between the Khartoum Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). Most of the health training institutes and health facilities in South Sudan were destroyed during the war hence worsening the health situation and health indicators in the country. South Sudan finally became an independent and recognized state on July 9, 2011. In December of 2013, the…

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Sri Lanka: Annual Lunch

A Celebration of 8 Years of Service!

November 14, 2014 - Sri Lanka

Minerva Fernando

The Annual Lunch

a lovely thank you from Stephney Minerva Fernando, Project Coordinator, Sri Lanka

Purpose – To celebrate 08 LONG years of Service of the REAL MEDICINE CLINIC.

On the 25th of October 2014, all the members of the Real Medicine Foundation had experienced an enjoyable time participating to a delicious Lunch at GAYANA RESTAURANT, at Medaketiya in Tangalle.

This was to remember the efficient Service of the Clinic Staff, WITH THE MOST VALUABLE SUPPORT OF THE REAL MEDICINE FOUNDATION. We all give our Thanks & Appreciation & the Gratitude to our Executive Director…

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Thanks to IRD

Anemia Can Be Prevented in Bogo City

April 22, 2014

Update from the Main Health Office, Bogo City, Philippines

The Bogo City Health Office has limited funds for the purchase of Ferrous Sulfate tablets.  If there are supplies available, the pregnant women are the top priority, however, the availability of the iron vitamins is not sustained so there are times that those pregnant women have to buy the Ferrous Sulfate tablets on their own. Unfortunately, most of the pregnant women seeking prenatal care in our health centers are not financially capable and most of them stop taking iron vitamins during their pregnancy.

Upon the receipt of the donated bottles of Ferrous Sulfate tablets from RMF and

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October 21st 2011, I had the privilege of going undercover as a waitress at the highly publicized and anticipated Dionicess IX, a culinary extravaganza which has been appearing on the LA scene for the past 3 years, with all proceeds benefitting charity.

Gev Kazanchyan,a member of the Real Medicine Advisory Board and creator of these events was introduced to Real Medicine 3 years ago through our Armenian Project Director, Nairy Ghazourian.  This introduction would lead to a series of pairings over the next 3 years benefitting our project in Shinuhayr, Armenia. From Dionicess II (which…

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This past weekend, Real Medicine Foundation & the Florence Western Medical Center hosted their first “Back to School” Event, providing more than 60 children and families with brand new backpacks filled with school supplies.

Recognizing the needs of this community has not been the challenge; the challenge has been how to encourage the community to show up for the services available to them. Free health and fitness programs for adults and children are offered at the center by Real Medicine, yet often we find a low attendance due to lack of access to information, transportation…

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As we get ready to dive into a new year of challenges we want to pause and take a moment to celebrate all that we have accomplished.  All of you have helped us achieve so much, and we give our deep thanks to everyone for their support!

In 2010 we…

We are now reaching over 6 million people in 15 countries across 4 continents.

We have treated hundreds of thousands of patients at our permanent and mobile health clinics in Africa, Asia, and the Americas

In India, Real Medicine Foundation surveyed over 37,000 families…

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Last 3 days to give!

December 29, 2010

If you were considering donating to a worthy cause in 2010 and taking advantage of the tax benefits of charitable donations, now is your last chance to contribute!

As we look towards new efforts and projects in 2011 it is only through your generous funding that we will be able to continue our long term development projects in some of the poorest areas on this planet.

As you know, we have set the goal of raising $100,000 by December 31st, and would greatly appreciate if you consider Real Medicine for your year-end donation.

In the spirit of Real Medicine…

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We are very proud to announce that Real Medicine Foundation has received a grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund for our disaster relief efforts in response to the flooding in Pakistan.

Through the Tides Foundation, Google’s charitable fund manager, we received $25,000 directed towards the immediate funding of our medical camps treating the flood affected across Pakistan. We have so far held two of these medical outreach camps and have already treated thousands of patients. With this new funding we will be able to significantly increase the number of victims treated.

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John (in white shirt) and his family welcoming him back home after surgery

The following is a letter written sent to us by our Project Coordinator, Charles Naku, for Uganda. This letter is about John Ochwo, a patient that RMF has been supporting for the past year and who with the generous support and connections of Mending Kids International was able to receive a vital heart surgery for free at a top hospital in India:

"Dear Real Medicine,   I was smothered in hugs the day I broke the news to…

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On this day 5 years ago, Real Medicine was founded by Dr. Martina Fuchs in response to her time spent treating the victims of the Tsunami in Sri Lanka.  Since then countless lives have been touched and many lessons learned.  Our latest response to the flood victims in Pakistan is a great example of how fast we can react as we already have a great local team in place and have become part of the community. We also want to thank the continued support of all our friends, family and donors, without whom none of this would…

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Thank you letter from Pakistan Donor

August 13, 2010 - Pakistan

Our biggest thanks usually come from the people we help in the field, but sometimes they also come from our donors, which is always pleasure to see.  The letter we are sharing below was just sent from an Pakistani-American, Dr. Zeba Vanek, to our founder, Dr. Martina Fuchs, thanking her and RMF for all our efforts in Pakistan since 2007 and specifically for our current Flood Relief campaign.  Zeba also used her own network in the US to raise funds for the flood relief campaign and continue to be a great advocate for our cause.

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We’d like to give thanks to Carly Shankman for holding a succesful fundraiser in San Diego for the Malnutrition Inititiative in India.  Here is the blog she’s written about the fundraiser and her upcoming volunteer trip to India with RMF

By Guest Blogger, Carly Shankman

I was introduced to the Real Medicine Foundation through Michael Matheke (RMF India Programs Coordinator) about 4 months ago.  It was at that time I decided to leave my life in San Diego and take the journey of a lifetime backpacking through India.  Even greater than my desire…

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Approaching our 5th birthday on August 18th, 2010, and looking back to remember where we started to where we are now, here is a voice from those early days: the second update sent from the ground after opening our first clinic in Sri Lanka written by Dr. Martina herself. In it Dr. Martina Fuchs gives grateful thanks to those who helped her, speaking as a friend to her network of friends who came together to make it possible.

February 20, 2005

From Martina Fuchs in Mawella, Sri Lanka

Hi everybody, here I am…

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by Allison Glennon, Coordinator of Special Project, RMF Global Management Team

In April 2010, Lisa Suen of Los Angeles, one of our newest LA Marathon marathon runners, contacted me in a rather alarmed state. She and her good friend, Sharon Levy from San Diego, had been planning a humanitarian trip to India for years only to have it fall through at the last minute.

They had their tickets booked and were to depart in a matter of weeks but now, with the formal volunteer tour with a larger organization canceled, they felt abandoned.

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RMF India Thanks Our Incredible Medical Volunteers

May 22, 2010 - India

by Caitlin McQuilling

Setu and Matt in Bhil Academy’s Health Center

Matt Oerti and Tyler Cherin just graduated from Harvard Medical School and are bracing for their next big step, beginning their residencies, moving to new cities, and giving up sleep (which they already sorely miss).  While many of their classmates decided to take this time between the pressures of med school and the hectic life of residency for well-deserved rest and relaxation, Tyler and Matt flew across the world to return to the sweltering heat of Jhabua, a rural town in Madhya Pradesh, India, to help RMF for a…

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Yesterday was the FOXGives Philanthropy Fair, an event designed to introduce the FOX community of employees to a handful of local non-profit organizations in the hope of spurring community outreach on a larger scale. The event is truly one of a kind and incredibly effective mainly due to the incredible drive to give that seems inherent in the FOX employee.

Volunteers met last year at the fair are still helping with our larger ongoing events even now a year later and a few have even stepped up to take the lead on some projects. To…

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Thanks to our runners, walkers, volunteers, and generous supporters we have been invited back as an Official Charity for the 2011 LA Marathon!

This year our team was able to raise over $3000! Imagine what next year will bring.

We have already signed on a few runners who are interested in running with us. Please be in touch if you would like to join the list.

Thank you again to everyone who stepped in to make this first race a success.

Thank you to

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Real Medicine’s team is headed to Jimaní on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

We have identified two hospitals our doctors and nurses are able to work out of. Jimaní is the border town most overwhelmed by severely injured Haitians seeking medical help. Our contacts on the ground are reporting that severely injured patients are arriving in containers, often 30-40 persons in one container. Many of them requiring amputations.

We are accepting more doctors and nurses, especially trauma/ortho surgeons/nurses and anesthesiologists.

We will continue to report from the ground. Thank you…

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Real Medicine and Dionicess IV

On May 17th, a relaxing Sunday was paired with beer and chocolate, and decadence paired with non-profit donation at Louis Haiek’s SideBar in Glendale.

Another success for food writer and professor Gev Kazanchyan, Dionicess IV raised nearly $1,400 in donations for the Real Medicine Foundation. Featuring six beers donated by Stone Brewing Co. and eight gourmet chocolates donated by Mignon Chocolate, the afternoon was a feast of the senses.

Broken into two different sessions, 1-3pm and 4-6pm,…

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Big Sunday

Big Success

May 04, 2009 - United States

by Allison Glennon

This past weekend was Big Sunday and Real Medicine was at the Nuestra Clinica in Boyle Heights.

For the most part, the weekend went without a hitch. Like most events you spend 90% of the time worrying that it is going to fail, that no one is going to show up, that there wont be any food, that we wont be able to get everything finished, so in the end when people do show up, and there is food, and nearly everything gets finished, you are taken aback by how needless your fears were to…

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El Floridita: Thank you for Supporting RMF

April 10, 2009 - United States

Last night Real Medicine held its much anticipated fundraiser for Athletes for Real Medicine at El Floridita in Hollywood.

Thank you to those who came to support us,  to those who volunteered your time and energy to help run the event and to those who donated and bid on the auction items.

We would also like to extend a very special thank you to those who surprised us all by getting up, unannounced to auction off their own personal goods and services on their own accord. Your spirit and generosity was heartwarming to say…

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2008 - United States

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends around the world! We are grateful and happy to be on this journey with you.

The Real Medicine Foundation Team

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A word of thanks

March 10, 2007

The Real Medicine Foundation would like to express gratitude to its partners.

Direct Relief International provides medical material aid including medicines, medical supplies and equipment to strengthen in-country health efforts around the world to improve the quality of life for the most impoverished people.

The Sole of Africa is a campaign by the Mineseeker Foundation to remove landmines from Mozambique. Killing fields are becoming kitchens and jobs are being created.“It’s time to put your foot down” and make a difference in the world, symbolizes the essence of the Sole of Africa campaign.

A big…

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