In Nursing School, I was one of the lucky students given an opportunity to rotate through the NICU at Buffalo Children’s Hospital. I fell in love with the pace, the technology and the families. I worked, returned to school, expanded my practice and finally settled in as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA. Simultaneously I desperately wanted babies of my own and adopted 3 from Colombia. I retired from Nursing to raise my children knowing that one day I would return to nations like Colombia and would participate in volunteer nursing. In the meantime, I began working on local philanthropy projects with both of my daughters in our local area, with National Charity League. Now the day has arrived, my children are grown and off to college and/or working and I can pursue my dream to make a difference. I have started slowly, working with ONAAT as the scholarship coordinator, since it is exactly ONAAT is what I envisioned when I pictured an organization to become involved with. The next step will be my own medical mission!!