Local resident and physician assistant Larry Applebee is planning a volunteer medical trip this month to Nepal, a country in Asia to help provide care and bring supplies to the victims of the April 25, 2015, 8.1-magnitude earthquake that has killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000.
The earthquake is being recorded by Nepal officials as the worst natural disaster to hit the country since 1934. Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless when entire villages were flattened as a result of an earthquake triggered avalanche on Mount Everest. Schools are closed and the whole country is in disarray.
To help defray the cost of the trip Larry has setup a ‘Go Fund Me’ account and is asking all that can to help by donating directly on the site or drop off a donation (cash or checks) plus needed supplies (i.e. baby diapers, feminine supplies, water filters, medical supplies, can and dry goods, etc.), at his 91 17th Street home in Apalachicola.
Larry is departing Apalachicola June 19, 2015 for Nepal and without financial support from family, friends, the community and those who care; he together with his wife Paula will have to absorb the cost of the trip (plane ticket, lost wages) alone.