February 27, 2016 – Duncan Tree Foundation Named Official Charity Partner of Rock N’ Roll Marathon Series
Lace up your running shoes and take on 13.1 miles for Duncan Tree Foundation (DTF) patients and volunteers! DTF is thrilled to announce that it has been named an official charity partner of the Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon: Brooklyn on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Team DTF will run 13.1 miles while raising much needed funds to support our Scoliosis Care Fund.
Team DTF has secured up to 10 entries into the event. In exchange for automatic entry, runners will raise a minimum of $750 for the Foundation. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to apply.
For more information, please contact Meghan Wood, DTF Development Consultant, at 917.301.5963 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 29, 2016 – DTF Boogie Down Raises Over $3,500
More than 50 guests gathered at Prime 82 in Norwich, CT for the First Annual DTF Boogie Down: A 70s Disco Night. The dance floor was packed as we danced the night away to the classic disco hits of the era. An open bar was complimented by passed hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and special guests.
The highlight of the evening was a special presentation by DTF Founder, Ouida Duncan, DTF Vice President, Dr. Kenneth Paonessa, and the entire event committee. Ms. Duncan shared the mission of the Foundation with the crowd and introduced several volunteers in attendance who has witness the power of DTF’s work first hand.
“There is no greater feeling than to give someone a gift that they will never be able to repay you for,” said DTF volunteer, Ryan LeBlanc. “Traveling to Jamaica in November of 2015 with the Duncan Tree Foundation was a life-changing experience, and I truly cannot wait to go back.”
Duncan Tree Foundation would like to thank all of our sponsors, especially Suisman Shapiro Attorney’s at Law, and DJ Earl “Woody” Woodworth, for their generous support. To view photos from the event, please visit the Duncan Tree Foundation Facebook Page. Connecticut, we will be back!
January 22, 2016 – What’s Ahead in the New Year
2016 is off to a great start for the Duncan Tree Foundation (DTF) as we have
been busy planning for two upcoming mission trips to Jamaica. Volunteer teams
will travel in June and November to provide free spine surgery to pediatric
patients in need.
A projected 20 life-changing surgeries are scheduled to be performed by
volunteers led by orthopedic spine surgeon and DTF Vice President, Dr. Kenneth
Paonessa. The Team, under the guidance of DTF Founder and President, Ouida
Duncan, will visit three local facilities: Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Cornwall
Regional Hospital (CRH), and Bustamante Children’s Hospital (BCH). BCH is a new medical mission site for the Duncan Tree Foundation in 2016.
A continued emphasis for the Team will also be placed on the effort to provide
continuing education courses for local professionals. Since inception, DTF
volunteers have provided close to 400 Continuing Medical Education
(CME) certificates. DTF’s investment in the professional development of
local professionals is supplying the skills necessary to providing a higher quality of
To support these efforts, DTF staff and volunteers are busy planning several
fund raising events. The first, set to take place on Friday, January 29, will
welcome more than 75 guests to Prime 82 in Norwich, CT for Boogie Down with
Duncan Tree Foundation, a 70s disco night! Guests will enjoy open bar, food, silent
auction, and more as they don their finest 70s attire. For tickets, please
Later this spring, DTF will host its annual spring social, a volunteer
appreciation night, and a young professionals networking cocktail event.
January 7, 2016 – 71 Free Scoliosis Surgeries: Duncan Tree Foundation Volunteers Return to Jamaica for Seventh Scoliosis Mission Trip Since 2012
Scoliosis Care Fund provides 71 surgeries since 2012; adding 11 life-changing spine surgeries in November 2015.
(New York, NY – December 11, 2015) – Duncan Tree Foundation (DTF) sponsored a seventh trip to Jamaica through its Scoliosis Care Fund, an initiative providing free spine surgery to pediatric and young adult patients in underserved communities. Thirteen volunteers spent one week on the island where they performed 11 life-changing surgeries at two government hospitals, Kingston Public Hospital and Cornwall Regional Hospital.
The team, led by DTF President, Founder and Board Chair, Ouida Duncan, along with Vice President and lead orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Paonessa, included volunteers from across the United States with expertise in various areas of surgery, nursing, physical therapy and neuromonitoring. Several patients presented with life-altering symptoms of severe spine deformities, including scoliosis, and were in need of surgery in order to live healthy and fulfilling lives. There are very few alternatives for such complex surgeries on the island and without the services of the Duncan Tree Foundation, patients would be forced to seek other measures.
Perhaps most vital to the success of the mission trip were the local teams of medical professionals from both Kingston Public Hospital and Cornwall Regional Hospital. Lead orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ian Neil, was supported by fellow orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Bogle, head of anesthesia, Dr. Wendy Gardener, chief nurse, Debby-Ann Cookes, and their entire staffs.
In addition to spine surgery, volunteers also provided lectures to local doctors, nurses, physical therapists and medical students on topics including early detection methods and new techniques in the treatment of spine deformities. This lecture series fulfills a major initiative of the Duncan Tree Foundation to provide continued medical education and in-service training to local medical professionals.
“Each and every trip becomes more and more rewarding as we continue to see the transformations in our patients, their families, and the local hospital staff,” said Ouida Duncan, President, Founder and Board Chair of the Duncan Tree Foundation. “Volunteers from all backgrounds and expertise are coming together in a united front to provide much needed services to these underserved communities. It is an honor to serve alongside of the volunteers and the very capable local hospital staff.”
In addition to the hundreds of donors and contributors whose generosity fund the Scoliosis Care Fund, DTF would like to thank its corporate sponsors Medtronic USA, Biotronic Neuro Network, Sandals Resorts International, Spanish Court Hotel, and Island Car Rental.
DTF is a nonprofit organization serving the medical needs of the poor and vulnerable in selected countries and among local populations groups. Through its Scoliosis Care Fund initiative, DTF has changed the lives of 71 young people and their families in Jamaica and nine young people in the Philippines by providing free complex spine surgery. In addition to providing life-saving surgery, DTF also provides a series of Continuing Medical Education (CME) lecture series lead by world renowned Scoliosis Research Society members and DTF volunteers. To date, nearly 400 CME certificates were handed out to medical professionals.
September 20, 2015 – Set Sail for Scoliosis Event Raises Over $8,000
It was a milestone night for the Duncan Tree Foundation as the nonprofit hosted Set Sail for Scoliosis: A Sunset Cruise on the Mystic River. The event gathered more than 50 guests from the Northeast states for an evening of cocktails, light food, and a sunset cruise along the beautiful Mystic River. In total, more than $8,000 was raised to support upcoming mission trips to Jamaica and The Philippines.
Guests met at the private Mystic River Yacht Club for complimentary drinks and open bar sponsored by the Lagunita’s Brewing Company and food provided by Gaspar’s of New London. It was the perfect opportunity to learn about DTF’s mission to serve the medical needs of the poor and vulnerable in selected countries and among local population groups.
At sunset, guest boarded The Argia in Schooner Wharf for a private sailing experience. It was a perfect night that provided beautiful scenery and a breathtaking sunset. As they took in the views, guests socialized and were treated to chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate chip cookies (special thanks to Kashia Cave and Nummies Bakery!).
Duncan Tree Foundation would like to thank its sponsors including Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Paonessa, Dr. and Mrs. James D’Amato, South Cove Medical Aesthetics, and Suisman Shapiro Attorney’s at Law. Click here to view photos from the event. To make a donation, please visit our donation page.