Posts Tagged ‘Guatemala’

Born into a poor West African family in the disease-stricken town of Fontem, John N. Atabong embarked into the unknown in search of hope

Monday, October 8th, 2018
My
Father’s Gift
by
Sixtus Z. Atabong
Genre:
Memoir
 
“Sixtus’s
father had only one request of Sixtus—‘give back.’ And give
back he did.” 
—Edward
C. Benzel, MD, emeritus chairman of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic
 

 

Born
into a poor West African family in the disease-stricken town of
Fontem, John N. Atabong embarked into the unknown in search of
hope. 
He
was eleven, but he triumphed against all odds to give his children
the best care and education available. Eventually, he sacrificed his
most valuable possession, his son Sixtus, sending him to study in the
United States with nothing more than lessons learned from his days
working the farms and his father’s basic biblical teachings. Sixtus
Atabong’s journey of temptations and challenges in the US gives rise
to a mission: to give back. He uses his gift to extend God’s
healing hands and unfailing love to the far corners of the earth
through sustainable health care infrastructures. Fulfilling his
father’s dream, Sixtus hopes that he too can leave the world a
better place than he found it.

 

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Sixtus
Z. Atabong, PA-C, President and Founder of Purpose Medical Mission
(PMM) is a neurosurgery Physician Assistant. PMM is a nonprofit
organization focusing on developing sustainable healthcare
infrastructure and services in developing countries. It has helped
build clinics and hospitals in Cameroon, The Democratic Republic of
Congo, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Sixtus believes in empowering
communities with the knowledge and tools to address the global threat
of health disparity and lack of basic education.

 

Sixtus
is the recipient of numerous local and national awards for his
leadership and humanitarian work, including the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center Hall of Fame Award and the American Red Cross
Humanitarian of Year Award. In 2013, he was awarded the PA Service to
the Underserved Award by the American Academy of Physician
Assistants.

 

Sixtus
was born and raised in a small farming village in Muyuka
Sub-division, Cameroon, West Africa. He migrated to the United States
in 1995 where he faced many challenges, but eventually obtained a
Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and a
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. He uses his life
experiences and voice to motivate individuals on attaining their
God-given purpose. He speaks on issues such as, living a purposeful
life, realizing your American dream, financial independence, and
racial relations.

 

Sixtus’
goals in life have been achieved through faith and
self-determination. He enjoys traveling the world with his family and
learning about different cultures. He lives in Lubbock, Texas, with
his wife, Kyu Mee, and their two sons.

 

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The man with the scarred face drive the unwelcome secret to the surface

Monday, October 30th, 2017
Petals
by
Laurisa White Reyes
Genre:
YA Contemporary
 
On
Christmas Eve, a horrific car accident leaves Carly Perez without a
mom. After a year of surgeries and counseling, Carly’s life is
nearly back to normal—except for the monsters—vague, twisted
images from the accident that plague her dreams. When her father
insists on spending their first Christmas alone in Guatemala with a
slew of relatives Carly has never met, she is far from thrilled, but
she reluctantly boards the plane anyway.

 

 


That’s
where she first spots the man with the scarred face. She could swear
she has seen him before. But when? Where?

 

 

In
Reu, the Guatemalan town where her father grew up, Carly meets
Miguel, her attractive step-cousin, and thinks maybe vacation won’t
be a total waste after all. Though she is drawn to him, Carly’s
past holds her back—memories that refuse to be forgotten, and a
secret about the accident that remains buried in her subconscious.
And everywhere she turns, the man with the scarred face is there,
driving that unwelcome secret to the surface.

 

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The
author is running this tour alongside her fundraiser for Casa de
Sion, an orphanage/charity in Guatemala, which is where the book is
set. She is donating $1.00 for every book sold and also $1.00 for
every review of Petals posted on Amazon or Goodreads throughout the
month of November to Casa de Sion. Her goal is to raise $200. More
specific details can be found here: 
 
 http://laurisareyes.blogspot.com/2017/09/new-cover-reveal-and-fundraiser-your.html

 


What
can $200 do?

 

 


…feed
a mother and child for six months

 

…buy
shoes for 15+ children

 

 …educate
a child for 1/2 a year 

 

 …and
more!
 
 

 


Laurisa
White Reyes
 is
the author of the 2016 Spark Award winning novel 
The
Storytellers
,
as well as 
The
Celestine Chronicles 
and The
Crystal Keeper
 series.
She lives in Southern California where she teaches English at College
of the Canyons.
 
 
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