Our Mission

In many areas of the world, people don’t have access to the same care that we have in the United States. Having a life-changing operation in these places is simply not an option. Many countries have poor healthcare, and even in countries that provide healthcare to their citizens, physicians don’t have access to training to provide specialty care like joint replacements. Implants are often not available, medical providers don’t have training and therefore these people are left to live a life of pain and disability.

This lack of access to joint replacement has a trickle-down effect much greater than just dealing with the pain of disabling arthritis.

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Volunteer For Our Next Mission!

The joy that walking again can bring is priceless.

In May 2020 the Operation Walk Carolinas team will embark on a mission to provide specialty hip and knee surgeries to people in Honduras who desperately need them. In countries where people have little or no access to certain kinds of medical care, it can mean life with painful arthritis, in a wheelchair, or in a bed. In many cases, the inability to walk means families can’t make a living.

Joint replacement surgeries allow patients to go back to work, help provide for their families, and have a richer quality of life. They can enable a grandmother to spend quality time with her grandchildren, a father to put a roof over his family’s head, or a mother to stand and hold her child.

In Honduras we will work alongside local medical staff for a common goal: to help restore the basic function of walking to those who cannot.

The team is complete for OpWalk’s upcoming trip to Honduras. Stay tuned for updates of OpWalk Carolina’s next mission.

OPWALK VOLUNTEERS

Stacy Twigg

Stacy Twigg

I've been a PA in Orthopedics for nearly 20 years and spent the majority of my time in Chicago. I am honored to have my first mission trip be with Operation walk. I look forward to helping be part of

Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill

“I have worked for Stryker Orthopedics for the past 10 years (first in Sydney, Australia and now in North Carolina) and I love what I do. I really enjoy playing a supporting role in these procedures

Coreen Gililland

Coreen Gililland

I grew up in a wonderfully diverse part of central California and have worked in various dual immersion elementary school settings over the years. I now teach Spanish to young learners at a great priv

Bryan Springer

Bryan Springer

Bryan Springer, MD is the medical director and co-founder of Operation Walk Carolinas. He is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center in Charlotte, NC specializing in adult rec

Paul Coleman

Paul Coleman

To give back when one has been given so much is a hallmark of gratitude, in my estimation. I have so much to be grateful for in the life that I live. For this reason it has been a tremendous honor and

Kristi Sylvester

Kristi Sylvester

Kristi Sylvester has been an RN with Carolinas healthcare system for 10 years. She graduated with her bachelors degree from the University of Akron and moved to Charlotte soon after. She has been in t

Kristen Oster

Kristen Oster

As a nurse I strive to provide care to those in need and wanted to share that passion on a global level. I feel it was necessary to become more involved in providing care to the global community in ad

Thomas Hamelin

Thomas Hamelin

For my entire career I have been interested in surgical missions which stems from appreciation for the true abundance and privilege we have as Americans. My experience within surgical missions has bee

Mary Figueroa

Mary Figueroa

I am a single mom of 5 children ages 14 to 22 and I have one grandchild. It's easy for me to get wrapped up in day To day life and not pay attention to what's important. Opwalk Carolinas has allowed m

Maria Lopez

Maria Lopez

My name is Maria and I work in Sterile Processing. I've been in my field for 15 years and love what I do and know how important my role is for every patient. I love learning new things, to grow in kno

Katelyn Powell

Katelyn Powell

My name is Katie Powell, I live and work in Wilmington, NC. I am originally from West Virginia, but have made a home I love on the coast! I have a 5 year old dog named Cali who loves attention, walks,

Scott Bivens

Scott Bivens

I am the local Depuy representative in Charlotte. I was lucky enough to attend my first Mission trip with Op Walk Carolinas two years ago in Honduras.

Mary Beth Grimes

Mary Beth Grimes

Mary Beth has over twenty years of experience in the field of physical therapy. She has worked in hospital and inpatient rehab settings, attaining skill sets in neurology, advanced wound care, medical

Carlie Turman

Carlie Turman

My name is Carlie Turman and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I have experience working in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and in home care. Having worked across different sett

Summerson Springer

Summerson Springer

I was raised in a small town in West Virginia. I watched family members, friends and other citizens in my community help others daily. As a young child, I learned the joy of helping others without exp

Joseph Glynn

Joseph Glynn

This project has become very near and dear to me. After having a total hip done by Dr. Beaver in December of 2018 I was lucky enough to go on the 4/19 Panama trip.

Candace Burgess

Candace Burgess

I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister and Anesthetist. I enjoy caring for others and have based my entire profession around my compassion towards those in need. Over the years I’ve searched for a me

Javier Muniz

Javier Muniz

I became involved with Operation Walk In 2018. My first trip was to Honduras. I had no idea what was is store for me. What I experienced was something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I di

Gary Hancock

Gary Hancock

I have spent the past 32 years working in the Charlotte are as a sales representative for Depuy Synthes Recon. I have had the good fortune of working with many talented surgeons, RN's and surgical tec

Suzanne Matheny

Suzanne Matheny

Suzanne Matheny, originally from McCormick,SC, received her nursing degree from Carolinas College of Health Sciences in Charlotte,NC. She has been a Registered Nurse Clinical Lead working at the Ortho

Morgan Antanavige

Morgan Antanavige

I have worked at Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital since September 2018. While working for this organization I have had the opportunity to see the success of copious amount of orthopedic sur

Kathy Raisbeck Crump

Kathy Raisbeck Crump

I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

Gabrielle Carelock

Gabrielle Carelock

I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and love every inch of my city. I have been a RN for 4 years solely working with orthopedic patients. I currently work at the Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital where

Carina Doyle

Carina Doyle

I graduated from Northeastern University’s Physician Assistant program in August 2016 and have been working alongside Dr. Michael Baratz in total joint arthroplasty ever since.

Karen D. Mitchell

Karen D. Mitchell

Karen has been an RN over 35 years, and in the OR over 30 years, at Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital since 1991.

Shannon Duncan

Shannon Duncan

I am a surgical technologist with 14 years experience in orthopaedic procedures. I have been with the OpWalk Carolinas team since its inaugural trip to Cuba, and couldn't be more proud to be part of s

Amy Whisnant Gavaza

Amy Whisnant Gavaza

Amy Whisnant is the Director for Perioperative Services for Carolinas Health System representing: Carolinas Medical Center Mercy. Amy has 20+ years of perioperative clinical and management experience

Laura Shepherd

Laura Shepherd

Laura Shepherd has been an RN for 8 years. She previously worked at Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital and has been at CMC-Mercy for the past 4 years. Laura graduated from UNC-Charlotte with

Katrina Carta

Katrina Carta

My name is Katrina Carta and I have been an RN with Novant health system for 2 years. I have been an orthopedic floor nurse for over 8 years now, I graduated with my bachelors degree from SUNY Brockpo

Chris Petrie

Chris Petrie

Chris Petrie works with Crosslink/Stryker Orthopaedics in Charlotte, NC. He, along with a number of his Operation Walk Carolinas teammates have had the opportunity to join the Operation Walk Denver te

Inspirational Stories

Two billion people across the globe have no access to medical care. They make up 35% of the world’s population but only 3.5% of surgeries take place in their countries. Many patients in lesser-developed countries have no access to fund costly operations. Oftentimes there are few trained surgeons and/or access to implants and other medical devices. OpWalk Carolinas is changing that.

2019-09-16T04:33:17-04:00

Jose Walks Again

José lives in Panama and until recently, had been living with pain and immobility from hip dysplasia for most of his life. As the pain had gotten progressively worse, he […]

2019-01-31T14:18:21-05:00

Ernesto

Training a Future Generation: A Cuban Medical Resident’s Knack for Orthopedics

Ernesto is 28 years old and like many other Cubans has never really been outside his country. There […]

2019-12-20T09:25:14-05:00

Superman Takes Off

Everyone around Luis was walking.

For his entire life, something that came so easily to other people had been one of the most difficult things he had to manage, and a […]

THE COST

It typically costs $150,000+ to get our team of 20+ to another country with the right equipment and supplies for one trip. Here is how your generous funds may be used for our mission. Any donation small or large is appreciated.

  • $5,000 Supplies critical medical equipment for the Operation Walk Team
  • $2,500 Fully supports one joint replacement for a patient
  • $1,000 Fully supports travel for a volunteer medical team member
  • $500 Covers the cost of Physical Therapy for five patients
  • $250 Covers all diagnostic tests (X-rays, etc.) for a patient having surgery
  • $100 Covers one night in the hospital
  • $50 Provides a walker for a patient after joint replacement
  • $25 Covers transportation for the patient to and from the hospital

SUPPORT OPWALK

These trips are 100% voluntary and the entire mission is based on fundraising. Choose a team member to receive your generous gift or donate where it is needed most. Any donation small or large is appreciated and we thank you in advance for your contribution.

SUPPORT OPWALK

These trips are 100% voluntary and the entire mission is based on fundraising. Choose a team member to receive your generous gift or donate where it is needed most. Any donation small or large is appreciated and we thank you in advance for your contribution.

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