United MileagePlus Miles Now to Help the People of Micronesia
Can Make a Difference
Micronesia is one of the most poverty-stricken nations in the developing world. Over 2,000 islands are scattered across an ocean area the size of the United States. Transportation between islands is limited and airfares are very expensive. Healthcare is nearly nonexistent, and medical diagnoses are widespread and far-reaching. Diabetes in particular is one such prevalent condition, and many people are required to undergo painful and life-altering amputations.
Fact: Diabetes strikes hundreds of people in Micronesia. Many are required to undergo painful, life-altering amputations, making diabetes the primary cause of amputations in Pacific island nations like Micronesia.
At 2ft Prosthetics (2ftprosthetics.org), we are working with the primary hospitals of Micronesia to establish their first prosthetics program. By partnering with the Ayuda Foundation, medical and engineering volunteers can travel to Micronesia using donated United MileagePlus Miles to train local medical staff to make and fit prosthetic legs and ultimately provide a better quality of life for these islanders.
Donate your United MileagePlus Miles now to help send volunteers to Micronesia. Don’t let your unused miles go to waste—your contribution will help better the lives of those in need of medical care. Note that frequent flyer mileage with Star Alliance Members (e.g. US Airways, Luftsansa, Swiss Air, Continental, etc.) can be converted to United MileagePlus Miles.
Step 1: Declare.
Ensure your miles go toward setting up the first prosthetics clinic in Micronesia by declaring how many miles will be donated to 2ft Prosthetics in the form below. There is a minimum donation of 500 miles (but no maximum!)
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Should you have any trouble donating your miles or have any further questions regarding our mission, contact 2ft Prosthetics at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have trouble viewing the form in Step 1, please email us your responses to email@example.com.
2ft Prosthetics is excited to work with the Federated States of Micronesia to provide prosthetic legs to amputees in FSM! There are currently no prosthetic services in FSM, so this is greatly needed. We are working with the hospitals in Chuuk, Yap, Kosrae, and Pohnpei islands, and are planning to send an initial contingency of prosthetists in January 2014.
This is where we can use your help! In order to start fitting amputees in Micronesia, we are going to need to get equipment, tools, and prosthetic components to send to Micronesia, as well as send prosthetists down for training local medical staff. Any donations of equipment, tools, prosthetic components, airline "buddy passes" or Skymiles, or also monetary donations are greatly appreciated.
If you would like to donate or have questions, please contact us at
Julie Baker Bagley directs a team of students at Utah Valley University who do service. Their group is called International Service Abroad. When they heard about the project one of her previous students, Doug Wright, was working on with his friend Dave Williams, they jumped on board.
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