Heart of the Midstate: Nonprofit helping cure children worldwide


Some Midstate doctors are helping save the lives of children worldwide. The World Surgical Foundation is a Mechanicsburg based nonprofit performing life saving surgery on children in Honduras and the Philippines. The group is leaving in 2 weeks for their next trip to save lives. There’s a music benefit concert in Harrisburg Sunday to help support the cause.

In this Heart of the Midstate segment ABC27’s Christine McLarty is talking with WSF Founder, and Chairman Dr. Domingo T. Alvear. He created WSF with his wife 22-years-ago to give back to the country he immigrated from and to help others. We’re also talking with Lorraine Bock, DNP, CRNP. Dr. Alvear and Lorraine are headed overseas for their next trip from Sept. 21-29. Lorraine has done 5+ trips and Dr.Alvear has done 50+ trips and .

Violinist Odin Rathnam will be performing a benefit concert “Music and Healing” for World Surgical Foundation on Sunday, September 15th at the Forum in Harrisburg. Click here to learn more about the event. They will be using a bench copy of the 1755 Bartolomeo Calvarola violin he used for 14 years with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. He and Robert Koenig, pianist, will perform works by Debussy, Leclair, Ysaye, and Strauss. And the Halo Halo Youth Dancers also will perform a traditional Philippine routine.

To learn more about the WSF mission, to see videos and photos and to learn more about the benefit concert click here.

Those in charge of the event say it’s going to be a concert for a worthwhile and charitable cause – healing children around the world! To hear Odin playing the violin click the Facebook link here.

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