JAVIER ROJO GOMEZ // QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO

Twice a year a small group of doctors and nurses travel to a village in rural Mexico called Javier Rojo Gomez to give free medical care. They work over 12 hour shifts everyday for a week each time, giving surgical procedures and regular health care to people that often travel for days just to get to the small hospital the village built specifically for this team. With limited medical supplies - which were mostly brought over in suitcases from the U.S. - and power outages that sometimes happened in the middle of surgery, we would take care of hundreds of patients who would wait outside in the heat for hours into days to receive care. No one complained, no one whined. I have been joining this team for about 10 years now, and I am still impressed by the energy, compassion and strength I see.