Donald John McCullough, a pioneer member of the Oregon TCHF board, died July 8, 2010, of a heart attack while fishing on the Oregon coast. He is survived by his wife, Lana, also a member of the board, and two children Tammy and Valerie. Don’s granddaughter, Corrina, recently spent a short time as a volunteer at the Santa Teresita clinic in Creel.
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Here are three video documentaries produced by Andre Hediger in 2012. They show an intimate portrait of what life is like for the Tarahumara in the remote canyons of Barranca del Cobre. (Copper Canyon to us)
For more films by Andre, visit his Youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/oldlandytours
Insight into the Tarahumara life
False suicide reports shine light on Tarahumara plight
By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
January 18, 2012
Reporting from Mexico City --
North Mexico wilts under worst drought on record
Dec. 2, 2011, 1:29 p.m. PST
DURANGO, Mexico (AP) — The sun-baked northern states of Mexico are suffering under the worst drought since the government began recording rainfall 70 years ago. Crops of corn, beans and oats are withering in the fields. About 1.7 million cattle have died of starvation and thirst.
Clinica Santa Teresita: a volunteer's experience by Cathy Scarbrough, RN, MSN Nothing in my 20 years of nursing could have prepared me for how sick and malnourished the Tarahumara children were that I cared for this past September when I volunteered for 2 weeks at Clinica Santa Teresita in Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico. When I worked at the 75 bed hospital in September the average number of pediatric in-patients was 28 per day with only 4-5 adult in-patients.
Imagine lives so impoverished that most of the community's children die before reaching the age of five. The children are part of a tribe of 60,000 Tarahumara Indians, who live in caves and primitive huts, with unsafe drinking water, parasites, and devastating malnutrition. Picture all this in an area of unsurpassed scenic beauty, with mountains and canyons and a rich cultural heritage - just hours from El Paso, Texas. This is the situation that Father Verplancken found when he came to Creel, Mexico in the early 1960's.