February 24, 2018

Operation Walk Winnipeg 2018

Operation Walk is a not-for-profit, volunteer medical service organization whose purpose is to provide surgical treatments to patients who live in developing countries and have little or no access to care for arthritis or other debilitating bone and joint diseases.

For a week in November 2018 a team of 60 health professionals including surgeons, anesthetists, nurses, physiotherapists, medical device reprocessing specialists and support workers will travel to Managua, Nicaragua to perform over 70 knee and hip replacements for the local community. This will be the seventh mission for the Operation Walk Winnipeg team and the sixth to Nicaragua.

Nicaragua is one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere. Most Nicaraguans do not have the luxury of an automobile and at a minimum must walk long distances to work or to the nearest bus route. Much of the country is mountainous and buildings are not constructed with thought to those with limited mobility. The patients that present to Operation Walk have been suffering from debilitating arthritis for years and many have lived with pain for decades. The determination and drive shown by these patients are amazing. To see a patient who knows no English speaking to her healthcare team pointing at their new knee replacement with tears rolling down her cheeks saying “Gracias, Gracias, Gracias” is a powerful and moving moment for everyone.

Fundraising For Operation Walk

There is no paid staff for Operation Walk Winnipeg and the entire medical team donates their time and energies. The primary fundraising for the mission is a Gala Dinner held each year.  This event has grown in support and ensures the team is able to continue providing life-changing surgeries in Nicaragua.

Operation Walk Gala

Thursday, May 31, 2108

The Gates on Roblin

Click here for information about this year’s gala and how to Sponsor-A-Patient and reserve your spot at the table.

The mission each year has a significant impact on patients and the medical team. Click here for a short video that shows the tremendous effect the experience has on the local community.