Dustin’s Dream cel­e­bra­tion a suc­cess

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Janelle Jessen Staff Writer [email protected]

More than 250 peo­ple gath­ered at Camp Siloam on Satur­day evening for the sev­enth an­nual Dustin’s Heav­enly Birth­day Cel­e­bra­tion and Chili Sup­per.

The event served as a way to honor the life of Dustin Cham­ber­lain and raise funds for Dustin’s Dream, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal mis­sions such as the Heart of Love Clinic in Gu­atemala City, pro­vides schol­ar­ships for lo­cal stu­dents en­ter­ing the med­i­cal field and part­ners with other or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­vide for com­mu­nity needs.

Pre­lim­i­nary fig­ures show that more than $28,000 was raised dur­ing the event, which in­cluded a chili sup­per, a pie and dessert auc­tion, and a silent auc­tion, ac­cord­ing to Dustin’s mother, Deon­dra Cham­ber­lain. In ad­di­tion, those who at­tended the event paid to pur­chase more than 40 bags of gro­ceries for fam­i­lies liv­ing the the set­tle­ments in Gu­atemala City. The gro­ceries will be de­liv­ered dur­ing mis­sion trips in Feb­ru­ary and June 2019.

“The Dustin Cham­ber­lain Me­mo­rial Foun­da­tion would like to thank our friends, fam­ily and com­mu­nity for the out­pour­ing of love and sup­port,” Deon­dra said. “We would like to thank Camp Siloam, The Wooden Spoon, Tim Jack­son Sound and The Bal­loon Closet for their part­ner­ship and do­na­tion of ser­vices. Spe­cial thanks to Dil­lon But­ler, Dustin’s friend and class­mate, who has auc­tion­eered for us the past six years, and for all of those who vol­un­teered their ser­vices and time to make the event a great suc­cess.”

Deon­dra said she is also thank­ful for her friends Lori My­ers and Lori Weir, who spent hours help­ing to dec­o­rate the event venue.

Dur­ing the fundraiser, Dr. Carl Dun­can spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vid­ing med­i­cal ser­vices at the Heart of Love Clinic in Gu­atemala City dur­ing a mis­sion

trip last June and Dr. Trent Mc­Cord spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vid­ing den­tal ser­vices. The en­tire mis­sion team was also hon­ored.

Mc­Cord said that even though peo­ple were com­ing for painful den­tal pro­ce­dures they were filled with joy.

“These peo­ple are com­ing in to get a tooth pulled and they are cry­ing be­cause they are so happy,” he said. “We had one guy come in and he was so pumped, it was his birth­day and he was get­ting a tooth pulled and he was ex­cited about it. Um, I’ve never had that hap­pen be­fore and I’ll never have that hap­pen again, but just some of these ba­sic needs we were able to pro­vide were liked. It was just kind of cool to see.”

The peo­ple in the set­tle­ment around the clinic live and work in the largest garbage dump in the world, and strug­gle to fill their most ba­sic needs.

“That struck home for me,” Mc­Cord said. “Ev­ery­body is in a tough sit­u­a­tion but there is a ton of joy. In the clinic and even out­side and the other places we went, peo­ple are happy and joy­ful. I think there is a lot of joy to be had that maybe it’s easy liv­ing in an area of abun­dance, that maybe I take it for granted, and you think, oh I need to have more to be more joy­ous, but in Gu­atemala and our trip, (we found) that wasn’t the case be­cause we were down there and ev­ery­one is so happy and ap­pre­cia­tive.”

“The thing I came home with was Joy,” said Jodi Klassen, who also went on the trip. “It was one of the most out­stand­ing ex­pe­ri­ences I have ever been through.”

Dur­ing the evening, Deon­dra and her hus­band Don Cham­ber­lain also pre­sented the an­nual Dustin’s Dream Cham­pion awards to Tim Jack­son and Michael Hous­ton for the con­tri­bu­tions they have made to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Dustin’s friends and fam­ily founded Dustin’s Dream to honor his vi­sion of be­com­ing a mis­sion­ary doc­tor. In 2011, Dustin was home for Christ­mas break from Bay­lor Univer­sity in Waco, Texas, when he was killed dur­ing a home in­va­sion.

Since the or­ga­ni­za­tion was started, it has raised money to build and then ex­pand the Heart of Love Clinic in Gu­atemala City to a to­tal of three sto­ries and 7,000-square-feet. Dustin’s Dream con­tin­ues to sup­port half of the clinic’s op­er­at­ing costs in part­ner­ship with Life of Hope Min­istry based in Joplin, Mo.

The clinic serves an av­er­age of more than 800 peo­ple a month and pro­vides gen­eral med­i­cal care, phys­i­cal ther­apy, pe­di­atric ther­apy and den­tal ser­vices. Dustin’s Dream also sup­ports med­i­cal schol­ar­ships at the Siloam Springs High School and helps pro­vide for lo­cal needs through or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Bright Fu­ture Siloam Springs, Deon­dra said.

This year, Dustin’s Dream and Life of Hope Min­istry are plan­ning to in­crease their sup­port for the Heart of Love Clinic, Deon­dra said. Dustin’s Dream is also hop­ing to part­ner with Life of Hope Min­istry to sup­port an­other min­istry in Gu­atemala City called “Time of Res­cue,” which works with kids on the street.

Dustin’s Dream is es­pe­cially in need of monthly sup­port­ers, Deon­dra said. For more in­for­ma­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion or how to sign up for monthly giv­ing, visit www.dustins­dream.net or on Face­book, Twit­ter or In­sta­gram.

Bud Sullins/Spe­cial to the Her­ald-Leader

Deon­dra, Danae and Don Cham­ber­lain held a photo of Dustin Cham­ber­lain for a fam­ily photo dur­ing Dustin’s Heav­enly Birth­day Cel­e­bra­tion at Camp Siloam on Sun­day. Pre­lim­i­nary fig­ures show the fundraiser brought in more than $28,000 for Dustin’s Dream. For more pic­tures from the fundraiser see page 6A.

Bud Sullins/Spe­cial to the Her­ald-Leader

A minia­ture tri-colored Aus­tralian Shep­herd en­thu­si­as­ti­cally kissed his new owner, Jane Klassen. The puppy, do­nated by Dr. Carl Dun­can, sparked a bid­ding war that brought in the high­est price of $2,600 dur­ing the fundraiser auc­tion.

Bud Sullins/Spe­cial to the Her­ald-Leader

Don and Deon­dra Cham­ber­lain pre­sented the Dustin’s Dream Cham­pion Award to Tim Jack­son and Michael Hous­ton dur­ing the evening. Pic­tured, from left, is Deon­dra Cham­ber­lain, Tim Jack­son, Don Cham­ber­lain and Michael Hous­ton.

Janelle Jessen/Her­ald-Leader

Dr. Carl Dun­can, cen­ter, pre­sented the team that at­tended the Dustin’s Dream mis­sion trip to Gu­atemala in June dur­ing the pro­gram.

Janelle Jessen/Her­ald-Leader

A large crowd of more than 250 peo­ple at­tended the sev­enth an­nual Dustin’s Heav­enly Birth­day cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day evening. The fundraiser for Dustin’s Dream was held at a new set­ting at Camp Siloam.

Janelle Jessen/Her­ald-Leader

Dr. Trent Mc­Cord spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vid­ing den­tal ser­vices dur­ing the Dustin’s Dream mis­sion trip to the Heart of Love Clinic in Gu­atemala City last June along with Jodi Klassen.

Janelle Jessen/Her­ald-Leader

Vol­un­teers helped auc­tion pies and desserts dur­ing the event.

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