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Austin Smiles, Indeed

After ushering 62 patients through successful post-op recoveries, nurses Mary Kay Lauden (left) and Cindy Thomas had reason to smile. Photo by Kris Kennedy

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Boast The Roast!

The mission tapped the spirit of volunteerism, but it wasn’t without its perks. Here, volunteers Stephanie Ashby (left) and Cesca Judge show off the Guatemalan coffee that many team members ordered and would eventually take home. Photo by Kris Kennedy

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Shared Experience

Most days, the work lasted from 7:20 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m. On Sunday through Tuesday nights, team members would find a quick dinner near the hotel, order room service or simply go without dinner, preferring sleep to food. Here, on Wednesday night, several team members share a dinner of submarine sandwiches and sodas at MPSC. They also share cupcakes, in honor of nurse Debbie Wilder’s birthday. Seated from left to right are Dr. Bill Gorman, Dr. David Wainwright, volunteer Beau Theriot, Mission Administrator Martha Mashburn, anesthesiologist Dr. Stan Eckert (in back), Dr. Syboney Zapata, nurse Stella Solis-Denny, Speech Pathologist Katherine Marting, volunteer Austin Lutz and Dr. Erika Sato. Standing is the birthday girl, Debbie Wilder. Photo by Kris Kennedy

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Morning Meeting

Each morning, the Austin Smiles team ate a quick breakfast and then assembled on the front steps of the hotel before embarking on a pair of vans for the 20-minute drive to MPSC. Here, Mission Administrator Martha Mashburn rallies the first phase of the troops while the others (blogger included, no doubt) gulp the last of their coffee and make a mad dash for the elevator. Photo by Kris Kennedy

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Sunrise

Morning light falls on father and son. Photo by Kris Kennedy

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