Fellow  Jamaicans, St. Thomas Parishioner and friends:

I am writing to seek your support on a venture that is close to my heart. I am joining a medical missionary team  to St. Thomas Jamaica in March 16-24th 2012. They have done amazing work over the 10 years they have been going to our beloved St. Thomas. As you know St. Thomas is probably the most neglected parish and they are in dire need of consistent healthcare. This is the first time they will have a Jamaican / St. Thomanian on the team to assist with facilitation and translation as they move into the interior and expand their reach throughout the Parish.

I am asking for a small donation from you to support my commitment to  join the team this year. Attached  and pasted into this email you will find documentation of some of  the work that CVMMT  has performed and the personal expenses related to the mission. The word document is a part of a grant proposal in conjunction with the local Lions Club of Mt. Bay for the development of a permanent facility just for your information.  In the meantime the annual missions will continue.

I trust you will be moved to make a contribution to the cause. You may select an item and send discretionary financial contribution in the amount you can afford to me at the address below. You will be provided with the appropriate receipts and report upon our return. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information or clarification. Thanks in advance for your contributions to the cause. Please see below….

Sincerely, Deanne

Dr. Deanne Williams-Bryant
PO Box 510
Petersburg VA 23804

Office Ph: 804-524-5787
Fax: 804-524-6843

Please download attachment:




The Central Virginia Medical Mission Team (CVMMT) made their 10th annual trip to St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica April 1-9, 2011. 

TUMC members on the 2011 Team are:
David Polk DDS, Diane and Gary Sullivan, and Karen McCharen, RN


The CVMMT composed of three Medical Teams and Pharmacies, one Dental Team and one Vision Team includes 35 members from the Lynchburg, VA community.  Medical services provided by the team this year included wellness exams, pharmaceutical services, dermatology, vision care and dental services for 1480 adults and 393 children over a five day period. 


A Health Fair at Morant Bay High School was conducted on April 2 followed by 4 days of clinics in 12 outlying locations throughout the Parish. Medical services and medications administered by the Team to the 1873 residents of Jamaica are valued at $205,822 USD.


The CVMMT works with the St. Thomas, Jamaica community, Ministry of Health and Methodist Circuit Health and Welfare Committee to plan and organize the annual event.  Patient services are provided by nine Physicians and Nurse Practitioners, three Dentists, three Vision Specialists, twelve Registered Nurses, two Pharmacists, one Dental Assistant.


This year, the CVMMT Mission to Jamaica included donations of books, school supplies, Bibles, toothbrushes and toothpaste from Lynchburg, Virginia and surrounding communities.  The Team donated a new computer and printer to the Excelsior Community College Nursing School in Morant Bay, and provided Nursing Kits for the 33 Nursing Students at the Princess Margaret Hospital.


Dental Team


The CVMMT Dental Team; David Polk, DDS Jason Crist, DDS Ron Todd, DDS Gary and Diane Sullivan returned to Jamaica this year with new dental equipment (portable dental unit and a hand held digital X-Ray unit) donated by Susan Morris, Community Foundation.  The equipment improved level of dental care for 185 dental patients including 280 tooth extractions.


Vision Team


The Vision Team (Clifford Phillips and Remo Lotano) examined 417 patients and provided prescription or reading glasses to 398 patients.  The team also examined 12 year old Vitara Campbell of Yallahs who is doing much better since she underwent cataract surgery last summer (August 2010) at Va. Baptist Hospital (conducted by Dr. Darien Bowers).


Building Projects


Gary and Diane Sullivan have been in touch with the Bruce Family (Vitara’s mother, brother and sister) over the past year.  This year CVMMT assisted with a much needed home upgrade for the family.   Team and private donations were received for this project. The Jamaica Building Team completed the roof and painted the house during April.  


Our many Blessing were provided by the generous gifts and support of the members and missions projects at TUMC.




David Polk, DDS, Karen McCharen, RN & Gary & Diane Sullivan

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