In February, 2017, Dr. Marc Barnett M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon with Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health, along with Betsy Kain PA-C, Ashley Harn RN, Corey Shaffer RN and Jake Fox CST will be traveling from Asheville North Carolina to Nicaragua to be a part of Operation – Walk Nicaragua. Giving valuable time and expertise to performing vital orthopedic and joint replacement surgeries at no charge to indigent people in communities across Nicaragua. For many, these vital surgeries are life changing experiences in a region of the world where such procedures are almost impossible to afford and dream of.

A donation will help towards the cost of paying for equipment, expenses of the trip, travel, lodging, food for the team members. It also goes toward surgical instruments, implants and medications. The goal for the week the team are there is to do 42 total knee replacement surgeries. We have set a fundraising goal of $20,000.

If you would like to donate to our mission, travel or supplies, please visit our fundraising website for more

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For more details about the entire Operation – Walk Nicaragua organization, please visit