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2016 Mission in China


From November 5th to the 13th 2016, leading pediatric orthopedic surgeons from the Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital will spend one week at Yantai Hospital in Shandong Province.  Dr. James Gamble, Dr. Lawrence Rinsky, Dr. Ivan Chang, and Dr. Jaime Lopez will provide consultations for over two hundred children, most of them from orphanages around China as well as some children from the Tibetan grasslands who have severe scoliosis. Of these 200 children, over thirty will receive operations for orthopedic disabilities such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease (osteogenesis imperfecta, or OI), cerebral palsy, club foot and dislocated hips. 


All four doctors are well-recognized for their efforts in international orthopedics, and each year spend several weeks in hospitals throughout Asia and other parts of the world helping children with limited access to orthopedic care.


Surgeons for the 2016 Mission

Dr James Gamble is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine and a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Dr Gamble has been leading orthopedic medical trips to China since 2000. 


Dr. Laurence Rinsky is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford University and Director of the Children’s orthopedic service at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.  He has broad knowledge in all areas of children’s orthopedics and has published in almost every area.  Dr. Rinsky was also one of the early North Americans who utilized the Luque method for correcting scoliosis. 

Dr. Ivan Cheng is one of the elite group of surgeons recognized as a leader in spine surgery. He is trained in all aspects of spine care with special interests in the cervical spine and spinal deformities. Dr. Cheng has received many awards including the Timothy Bray Trauma Award from U.C. Davis, the Saul Halpern Orthopaedic Teacher of the Year Award from Stanford, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Prize in Clinical Research, and Outstanding Paper Awards from the North American Spine Society.


Dr. Jaime Lopez is a neurologist in Stanford, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He received his medical degree from University of Washington School of Medicine and has been in practice for 28 years.



2016 Mission Costs

Anticipated Operational Costs for 2016*


4 Doctor’s Expenses:

Air Travel to China:  £12,000 (£3000 per person)

Air Travel in China:  £2,000 (£500 per person)

Accommodation:  £4,800 (£150 per person per night)

Food:  £1,600 (£50 per person per day)


Four Facilitator Expenses:

Air Travel to China: £2,400 (£800 per person)

Air Travel in China:  £2,000 (£500 per person)

Accommodation:  £3000 (£150 per night shared room)

Food:  £1600 (£50 per person)


Tibetan Translators Expenses and fees

Fee: £3,000 (£1,500 per person)

Air Travel:  £1,000 (£500 per person)

Accommodation:  £1000 (£30 per person per night)

Food:  £1000 (£30 per person per day)


Children’s Expenses:

Air Travel:  £10,000 (£500 per person for 20 people)

Accommodation:  £9,000 (£30 a night for 10 rooms for 30 nights)

Food:  £4,500 (£10 a day for 30 children for 15 days)


Hospital Fee:

Based on a 25% increase from 2014:  £20,000 for 30 children


Physical Therapy Post Operation Care:

30 children:  £30,000


Contingency: £10,000


Total budget:  £118,900


*These costs are based on paying full price for tickets and accommodation.  We will make every effort to get discounts where possible.

The Glow Fund aims to ensure donors know that their contributions go directly to helping children receive orthopedic operations from some of the world’s leading surgeons from Stanford University.


The four doctors, trustees, and most people assisting the operations work on a volunteer basis. The Glow Fund is therefore able to keep the operational costs down to a minimum.


These costs includes bringing the doctors and facilitators to China; their hotel and meals during their stay; hospital fees incurred during the week of surgeries; and supporting some of the children through travel, translator fees and boarding costs. The Glow Fund has no administrative, management or high overhead costs such as rent, or salaries for permanent staff.  All these resources are provided on a voluntary basis.


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