I never expected to circumcise anyone at the age of 16, let alone ever. I also never thought I would circumcise someone even if I was given the chance. But, when I went on a medical mission to the Philippines with the group S.A.M.E., I did. I can never thank SAME, Dr. Patel, or any of the other people that helped put this trip together enough for the great experience I had. It was definitely the best experience I have ever had. I was a dentist, a pharmacist, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a surgeon, a doctor, and a friend. It was great to have actual hands on medical experience, but the best part about the trip was meeting the individual kids. No matter where we went, every kid had a smile on his or her face. From the 1st and 2nd medical sites to the indigenous tribe every kid looked as happy as could be. None of the kids seemed to care about the fact that they lived off of trash or might only get one meal that entire day, they were just happy to be alive and spending time with each other. I think that’s something I’ll take away from this trip and never forget, the smiles. Actually, it’s unlikely that I’ll forget any part of the trip because all of it was so perfect. From the new friends I made that live in the Philippines and the ones I made that live here in the US, everyone was fantastic and so was the trip. So again, I would like to thank anyone and everyone who took part on this trip of a lifetime, the kids in the Philippines that put a smile on my face through their own, and the fact that I was lucky enough to go on this trip. I would recommend this trip to everyone who wants to go, and I hope I get to go again some time because it was the most fantastic experience of my life.


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