National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Carmen Gramajo-Moser

April 21 – 27, 2024 is National Volunteer Week! Today we’re celebrating Carmen Gramajo-Moser. Read on to learn more about Carmen and why she volunteers to support the Mission.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Carmen: I am a Guatemala native. I came to Leavenworth, KS for college in 1990 and have been in Kansas City since then — 30+ years now. My husband Dennis (a Nebraska native) and I have been part of teams working in San Lucas through Medical Missions Foundation and KU Plastics Dept for 15+ years now. Dennis is a Geologist and Environmental Scientist and has provided water quality services to the San Lucas community.

How did you initially get connected to San Lucas?

Carmen: In 2007 I met a group of Surgeons in Antigua with Medical Mission Foundation from Kansas and they were in search of a new location to provide surgical services in the country. My uncle Ariel, a Guatemalan physician, assisted us with a 21-location scouting trip in 2008. San Lucas Tolimán was the first stop on the tour, as he had spent some time in the Mission Hospital with Dr. Tun and personally knew Father Greg. From that year on, my journey to San Lucas has been multiple times a year. I serve as Logistics Coordinator for the General Surgery group for Medical Missions Foundation and University of Kansas Plastic Surgery Dept.

In what capacity do you volunteer with Friends of San Lucas?

Carmen: I am a member of the Healthcare Committee and the Surgical Subcommittee for Friends of San Lucas.

What motivated you to become a volunteer with FOSL?

Carmen: A lesson in humility. I was told by a physician at the beginning of this journey: “Some people in your country don’t know they can feel better.” I knew then that I could provide services with local family and connections to make these journeys easier and more comfortable to those volunteering their talent, time, and service to the people of Guatemala!

Why is the Mission’s work important to you?

Carmen: It’s not about me. It’s about those “that don’t know they can feel better” and an obligation as a human to do good for others!

Many thanks to Carmen for the time and energy she is devoting to supporting the Mission’s work towards a more just world.

To learn how you can get involved, click here.

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