CCK Presents Check to Wyoming Valley Children’s Association

Community Cares for Kids (CCK) of Shavertown recently donated $1250 to Wyoming Valley Children’s Association and $1250 to Volunteers In Medicine. CCK, which sends a medical mission headed by Dr. Francis Collini to operate on children with birth defects and deforming injuries in Ecuador, donates 10% of all funds raised to local charities. Front row […]

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The Ecuador Mission 2016

From August 27 to September 3, 2016, CCK and Dr. Frank Collini’s 18th medical mission abroad operated on forty-nine poor and orphaned children in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  Our superbly trained team of seventeen doctors, nurses, and support people traveled over 3000 thousand miles to operate in the Hospital León Becerra. The CCK team traveled with medical […]

Our Fabulous 2015 Silent Auction

OUR FABULOUS SILENT AUCTION 2015 If you would like to bid but cannot attend Carnivale, please email your bid to Charlee at charlee@epix.net. From Valentine’s Sterling Silver and Rose Gold Vermeil Flexible Bangle with Light Chalcedony Slice Surrounded by Prong Set Cubic Zircons Valued at $207 Sterling Silver and Diamond Hoops with White and Black Diamond […]

“After I finished my plastic surgical fellowship in 1990, I knew I wanted to volunteer..” – Dr. Collini

After I finished my plastic surgical fellowship in 1990, I knew I wanted to volunteer my skills to helping disadvantaged and deformed children in a place of need, but how to do so was the burning question. I contacted a large organization and volunteered my time, but was told that there was no room for […]

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This feels right: Olivia’s Story

“I want to come to Ecuador,” I demanded to my father, who had gone during the two previous summers. I was not asking for a vacation; instead, it was a request to accompany him on the annual Smile Train mission to Guayaquil, Ecuador. I prepared with immunizations, yet nothing could mentally prepare me for the […]

About Manta – The 2009 13th CCK Mission

The 13th Community Cares for Kids (CCK) 2009 trip brought the team to Manta, Ecuador. Manta is a tuna fishing, coastal city located 100 miles northwest of Guayaquil, our normal stomping grounds. Manta was chosen this year because the need for our services was highest in that region of Ecuador. This assertion proved accurate as […]

Why I Go on Medical Missions

One of the reasons I go on medical missions is that it’s good for my soul. It betters me as a person when I can help other people less fortunate than myself. For the past 14 years I’ve been on various missions; the first was in India in 2000. For the past eight missions I’ve […]

Why We Work So Hard: A Volunteer’s Story

About eight years ago, I found myself traveling east on interstate 80 to Kennedy Airport in New York City to pick up a young Ecuadorian girl and deliver her to Dr. Collini who would perform surgery on a facial tumor. Little did I know that this surgery would save the life of Maria, or that […]

“Giving Feels Good!” – Dr. Levens

Give and you shall receive more in return. It is a very common expression, yet uncommonly powerful when acted upon. We all have the capacity to give charitably and selflessly and the potential to reap the benefits. It sounds trite but it is true! In the field of health care, opportunities abound for physicians, nurses […]

A Personal Note from Dr. Collini

June 21 to the 29th, 2014 will be my seventeenth mission to Ecuador.  During that one week I, along with the other surgeons and staff of CCK, will operate nearly around the clock on repairs of cleft lip and palate, maxillofacial reconstruction, burn care, scar revision, club foot reconstruction and repair of traumatic and congenital […]