Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 04, 2013
Rooted in the heart of Miami, Jose’s Hands, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting medical mission trips to help underserved communities abroad, is emerging as a leading medical mission nonprofit, connecting the local medical altruistic community and igniting philanthropic fervor amongst the emerging millennial generation.
José Jamil Miranda, U.S. Army Major, orthopedic surgeon, and graduate of Harvard and Yale universities, envisioned forming a medical mission project, until he unexpectedly passed away. Picking up the pieces where he left off, his brother, Alex Miranda, and “Team José” joined forces to create Jose’s Hands, to live out his legacy.
“Three-billion people across the globe need assistance, with Africa alone having a shortage of one million healthcare providers,” said Alex Miranda, executive director of Jose’s Hands. “Those numbers may be overwhelming, but we wanted to help by sending students on various medical mission trips. Our goal is to subsequently bring the medical mission community together and foster support from the next generation’s leaders through philanthropic giving.”
On October 18, 2013, Jose’s Hands in association with PhilanTropic Lifestyle and NBC 6 reporter Kelly Blanco, hosted the world’s first medical mission red carpet awards event at the prestigious SLS Hotel in South Beach. The 1st Annual MEDDY Awards drew in an unprecedented 550 guests and raised $9,000, enough funds to send approximately 15 students to medical mission trips abroad as Jose’s Hands Ambassadors. Cameras rolled and flashed as various media outlets captured the excitement of the glamorous night, honoring medical mission doctors, nurses, students and organizations for their remarkable work.
Jose’s Hand’s MEDDY Awards broke new ground in the Miami community, as majority of attendees comprised the budding young professional crowd.
Jonathan Babicka, the philanthropy and social mastermind behind the event, inaugurated his agency, PhilanTropic Lifestyle, at the 1st Annual MEDDY Awards. “Although we had quite a mixed crowd, majority of the attendees were the emerging local professionals who are paving the way of this new era by making it a habit to take part in philanthropic activities,” Babicka said. “They brought overwhelming support to the event and really helped fuel the invigorating atmosphere. We celebrated our award winners and nominees all night long.”
Jose’s Hands provides selected first-year medical students exposure to health, social and cultural characteristics of a developing world community through grants, donations and sponsorships. Miranda said the organization plans to continue the encouragement of lifelong involvement in medical missions as well as inspire the young generation to get involved in charitable events.
“We are thrilled that the MEDDY Awards is now on track to soon become the ultimate medical mission awards event in Miami. We hope to continue to bring together this community and spark philanthropic activity in Generation Next.”
To find out how to get involved with Jose’s Hands and witness the excitement of the MEDDY Awards, visit http://www.JosesHands.org.
About Jose’s Hands
José Jamil Miranda was a U.S. Army Major and orthopedic surgeon, a Yale M.D. graduate and a Harvard School of Public Health MPH. He was known for his selflessness and willingness to give and serve with competency and devotion. Before his sudden passing in October 2008, Jose had reportedly envisioned a medical mission project, which was brought to life by his brother, Alex Miranda, the now Executive Director of Jose’s Hands.
Jose’s Hands introduces volunteering medical students to medical missions in underserved and underrepresented communities abroad, exposing them to various foreign social, cultural, and health conditions facing a developing world community, and encouraging them to build and sustain a lifelong involvement in philanthropic medical service. More information about Jose’s Hands may be found at http://www.JosesHands.org.
About PhilanTropic Lifestyle
Known as the “Marketing Agency for Charities”, PhilanTropic Lifestyle is an organization created to fuse entertainment and philanthropy catered to today’s young professionals and students.
With roots established in the arts, music, entertainment, and technological realms, PhilanTropic integrates company brands with nonprofit organizations, raising awareness about worthy causes through its HELPS Program – Honor, Educate, Listen, Produce, Support. More information may be obtained at http://www.PhilanTropicLifestyle.com or by contacting founder Jonathan Babicka at, Jonathan(at)PhilanTropicLifestyle(dot)com or (305) 401-3949.
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