The GW Medical Mission to Honduras is celebrating its 10th anniversary this September. The Mission was awarded a $10,000 donation from the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation, the charitable arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church Of Christ) on August 12th. Community organizations, leaders and hundreds of residents from Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia gathered in Prince George's County at the FYM Foundation's Aid to Humanity event to support organizations that provide positive social impact. Six local organizations were honored including the GW Heart & Vascular Institute. Dr. Marco Mercader accepted the $10,000 award on behalf of the GW Medical Mission to Honduras. The ceremony included additional words from distinguished guests Prince George's County Council Member The Honorable Rodney C. Streeter with Monica Watson, Minister of Economic Affairs Jose Victor V. Chan of the Philippine Embassy and Maryland's 24th District Delegate Andrea Harrison.
The GW Medical Mission to Honduras team has implanted nearly 350 pacemakers and defibrillators and evaluated hundreds of patients with heart arrhythmia disorders over the last 10 years. Dr. Cynthia Tracy who leads the Mission has acquired over $3.5 million in donated heart devices and medical equipment.