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2017
 

What's Important About World Soil Day
Christian Post, December 5, 2017
It ain't just dirt.
Playing in the dirt is typically reserved for young children and pigs. But getting down and dirty is more important than you might think. It is estimated that 95 percent of our food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils. This includes everything from grains such as wheat and rice to vegetables and fruits and even the meat and dairy animals that depend upon soil-grown plants for their food too. Healthy soils produce healthy plants which help feed healthier humans.
Soils serve many purposes.

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On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Here's a Story of a Remarkable Boy
Fox News, December 3, 2017
When I first saw Chinyelo, he was covered in dirt and mud, walking on his hands through his village in Haiti. His T-shirt was ripped. He was hungry. He was not well-cared for. He had never been to school. We don’t know exactly why his legs have never worked, but our best guess is that he had some sort of traumatic injury at birth.
I am sharing Chinyelo’s remarkable story now because Sunday is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, created by the United Nations in 1992. It is a day to think about people who don’t get the attention they deserve.   

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World AIDS Day: Christians Need to Take a Stand
Christian Post, December 1, 2017
HIV is a virus just like the common cold, influenza, or plantar warts. But ever since its discovery in the 1980s, a stigma has been attached to HIV/AIDS, classifying carriers of the disease as "unclean." This is primarily due to the nature of transmission: sexual transmission or infected fluids. Globally, close to 37 million are infected with AIDS, so this isn't an issue that will be going away any time soon.

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A Helping Hand in Haiti
The Searcy Daily Citizen, November 23, 2017
Only available to local subscribers here.

It's Time to Do Thanksgiving a Little Differently
Charisma News, November 22, 2017
Thanksgiving is a time of family, food and fellowship. Whether you are cooking a homemade feast or eating out at your local Golden Corral, or even joining others at neighborhood soup kitchen, Thanksgiving has long been a time for Americans to remember the blessings of living in a land of freedom.
But in light of all of the recent natural disasters our nation has faced in Texas, Florida, California and Puerto Rico, this year might be the time to do things a little differently. 

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Give a Man a Fish - Radio Interview with David S. Vanderpool
The What's Up Radio Program, November 21, 2017
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Why Today is World Toilet Day
Christian Post, November 19, 2017
World Toilet Day seems like an excellent excuse for a plethora of bathroom humor memes. How can toilets, of all things, be an exciting topic worthy of its own day? But according to the United Nations, approximately "4.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to a household toilet that safely disposes of waste." That's 60 percent of the world's population. So perhaps toilets are more important than one might think.

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When There's No Logical Reason for a Teeny, Tiny Baby to Survive
CharismaNews, November 17, 2017
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 15 million babies are born prematurely each year. Among those that survive, many suffer from lifelong health problems like cerebral palsy, developmental delay or sensory loss. March of Dimes estimates that nearly 1 in 10 children in the United States is born prematurely. Thankfully, the creation and use of neonatal medical technology has significantly increased the potential for American babies to have a fighting chance. But what happens to babies in the developing world, who don't have access to such life-saving technology?

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Evansville Area Residents Spend Week in Haiti Doing Work
Courier Press, November 15, 2017
More than two dozen residents of the greater Evansville area are currently spending the week in Thomazeau, Haiti, with the non-profit relief organization LiveBeyond.
The organization works to help with a variety of medical concerns, educational and nutritional needs in the Caribbean nation.

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Taking a Little Bit of Kerrville Around the World
Kerrville Daily Times, November 10, 2017
Only available in print. Related blog post here.
 

2 Months After Harvey, Houston Has Millions in Donations - But Surprisingly Few Volunteers
Faithwire, November 2, 2017
The media and news cycle is pretty much done with Hurricane Harvey by now. Two other hurricanes have hit, there’s the Syrian food crisis, and another Harvey (the Weinstein kind) is making news for victimizing dozens of individuals.

Besides, it’s been two months. Houston is “fixed” by now, isn’t it?

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Zombies Are Not Just Horror Fiction: I Know One
Charisma News, October 31, 2017
Zombies are a pop-culture phenomenon right now. Pretty much every popular television show out there has an episode about zombies. Millions of Americans are obsessed with Walking Dead. Zombies are a popular Halloween costume. But I just can't quite bring myself to share in the zombie fascination trend. Why?
Because I know one.

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94.3 REV FM Radio Interview with Devin Vanderpool
October 30, 2017 (recording unavailable)

Hero Card Online Radio Interview with Devin Vanderpool
KERV1230AM, October 20, 2017 (recording unavailable)

Christians, Let's Step It Up
Crosswalk, October 18, 2017
No one would disagree that the United States has faced its share of difficulty this year in the face of natural disaster. Hurricane Harvey brought devastation to the Texas coast; Hurricane Irma destroyed parts of Florida; Puerto Rico is reeling after Hurricane Maria.
Estimated costs of hurricane damage have reached into the trillions. So how are programs like FEMA supposed to cover these costs? The short answer: they can’t. I work with a non-profit called LiveBeyond, part of our mission is to provide aid to those suffering from natural disasters. During our recent relief work in the Houston area, we have already encountered families rejected by FEMA. Apparently, the feet of water in their houses did not merit any financial aid.
And what about undocumented immigrants? What kind of assistance could they ever hope to see? Less than 20% of those affected by Hurricane Harvey had flood insurance. How will Texas, Florida or Puerto Rico recover from such terrible odds?

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This article is also featured on a Philidelphia Christian radio station, WFIL AM560's website here and a Pittsburg Christian radio station, WPIT 96.5FM/730AM's website here.
 

Coach Gene Stallings, Pat Dye Team Up for Johnny's House
Alabama Living, October 12, 2017
Former Alabama football coach Gene Stallings teamed up with former Auburn football coach Pat Dye today to raise money for LiveBeyond, a ministry that focuses on assistance to Haiti.
"You can't imagine how poor people are in Haiti," said Stallings, who has been to Haiti twice.
Despite two recent strokes followed by a heart attack, Stallings insisted on speaking at the fundraising luncheon today at The Bright Star in Bessemer. Dye insisted on being there with him.

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Yes, There's Still Something You Can Do For Hurricane Victims
Faithwire, October 7, 2017
All across the Southern United States and in Puerto Rico, communities are dealing with the devastating loss caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Since Hurricane Harvey hit, my team and I at LiveBeyond have been traveling to the Houston area delivering food, supplies and helping with construction. Every time I come back home, I get the same question from others who also want to help: what can do when I am so far away?  
Here are three ways you can help hurricane victims, from someone who has seen the need firsthand.

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Have You Turned A Blind Eye One Year After This Storm Made Headlines?
Charisma News, October 4, 2017
One year ago today, on Oct. 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, resulting in almost $2 billion U.S. worth of damage and the deaths of an estimated 546 people. This year, America has seen the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma along our coast. Then, Hurricane Maria devastated multiple Caribbean Island nations, including Puerto Rico. Lives have been lost, homes destroyed, plans ruined. But how much harder is it for people just an hour and a half flight off of our border to prepare for a hurricane like Matthew? Here's a look at how a Haitian family might prepare for a hurricane or a similar natural disaster and what the effects of that storm might be in the short and long term.

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TV Interview with Dr. David Vanderpool
KTAB/KRBC, September 27, 2017

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Texas Strong: Storm Bringing Out the Best in People
The Christian Post, September 14, 2017
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas where it hurts. At least 70 lives have been lost. Thousands of animals have been separated from their owners. So many homes are now either leveled completely or infested with black mold. Debris piles from clean up teams are almost as high as the water levels have been. There are still some areas experiencing road closures due to prolonged flooding. Devastation is everywhere. Harvey's sucker punch will be felt for years to come.

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Radio Interview with David Vanderpool of LiveBeyond
Missions Radio, with Kenneth Mitchell, September 6, 2017
On LiveBeyond's relief response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Haiti.

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Congregation in Haiti Raises $600 for Texas Disaster Relief
The World View, August 31, 2017
THE ESTIMATE OF 400,000 people needing some kind of relief in the Houston area is staggering, but Houston residents have not been left alone. The World View spoke to Devin Vanderpool, Director of Communications for LiveBeyond, a Christian disaster relief ministry, about what they are doing to help.

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LiveBeyond: The Vanderpools
ACU Today, August 8, 2017
NOWHERE PERHAPS is the contrast between light and darkness so evident as in the tiny island country of Haiti. When David Vanderpool, M.D., (’82) arrived on Jan. 14, 2010, Haiti had just experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that left the country enveloped in a literal darkness – no electricity for lights, no running water, an estimated 200,000 Haitians dead, and more than 1.5 million left homeless.

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LiveBeyond: Hearts Lost to Haiti
ACU Today, August 7, 2017
HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS, many of them ACU alumni and students, have traveled to the LiveBeyond compound near Thomazeau, Haiti, since 2013 to help provide medical care, clean water, food, education and jobs, and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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LiveBeyond: Images of Hope
ACU Today, August 7, 2017
Neither Brandi Jo nor Scott was expecting the dramatic moment they would witness at the medical clinic. Marigele, one of the women enrolled in the maternal health program, had walked five miles to the clinic while in labor. Her water broke at the clinic, and she gave birth to a healthy baby boy – but not before some harrowing seconds.

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2016

How the Spirit Is Leading Missionaries After Hurricane Matthew
Charisma News, October 13, 2016
This week, our team is purchasing 10,000 lbs. of beans and rice in Port-au-Prince and trucking it to Les Cayes, a devastated port city on the southwestern coast of Haiti. Our current plan is to travel to the hardest-hit areas to distribute food rations to hurricane victims every seven to 10 days for the next several months. As with prior disaster responses, it is anticipated that each trip will reveal additional post-hurricane relief needs for us to address. 

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Radio interview with Dr. David Vanderpool
The World View in 4 Minutes, October 6, 2016

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After Hurricane Matthew, Abilene non-profit to send aid to Haiti
The Optimist (ACU), October 6, 2016
In a video posted on the LiveBeyond Facebook page Wednesday morning, David Vanderpool shared an update with followers. “We are happy to report we have had very little damage here in our area,” Vanderpool said in the video. “We have been going throughout our community and distributing food to the underserved and marginal people in our area and we are very thankful that we have not sustained a great deal of damage.”

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Helping Haiti 'In Jesus' Name': Christian Groups Move In After Hurricane Matthew Wreaks Havoc
Christian Today, October 5, 2016
Meanwhile, a fund has been set up to receive donations by the faith-based relief group Live Beyond.LiveBeyond provides clean water and medical care to the region around its clinic in Thomazeau, Haiti, and said it is working to get clean water to those whose wells have flooded.

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Nashville Resident Impacted By Hurricane Matthew
News Channel 5, October 5, 2016
Founder & CEO Dr. David Vanderpool moved to Haiti and has been supplying fundamental needs and healthcare to residents of Thomazeau. He has also informed friends and family back home through Facebook saying they are safe.

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Vanderpools start mission in Haiti
The Optimist (ACU), August 22, 2016
After volunteering medical help to victims of the earthquake that rocked the small island of Haiti in 2010, Dr. David Vanderpool (‘82) and his wife Laurie (‘81) felt called to live in Haiti on a full-time basis. So in 2013, the Vanderpools sold their house and private medical practice in Tennessee and officially moved to Thomazeau, Haiti – a region outside capital city Port-au-Prince – to start a mission called LiveBeyond that provides medical and humanitarian aid.

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Mission Spotlight: LiveBeyond Rebuilds Haiti

Going On Faith, August 15, 2016
The massive earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010 resulted in media coverage that brought images and video of death and devastation to the American public. Most people saw a terrible disaster, but some also saw an opportunity to help. David Vanderpool was among those who traveled to Haiti with the initial relief efforts but, along with his family, decided to stay on after seeing “what an incredibly underserved place” Haiti was.

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LiveBeyond: Helping in Haiti

The Jackson Sun, August 12, 2016
Dr. David Vanderpool has been involved in disaster relief work located at many places around the world, but there is something especially meaningful to him about Haiti.

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FHU Nursing Students Gain More Than Healthcare Experience in Haiti

FHU Seasons, June 24, 2016
Seven FHU nursing students journeyed to Thomazeau, Haiti, in January 2016, hoping to make a difference in patients' lives but they were unaware of the difference the patients would make in theirs.

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Texas A&M teams with nonprofit to secure a better future for Haiti

The Eagle, July 2, 2016
For incoming Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine student Jake Young, working with the Haiti-based organization LiveBeyond has given him a look at the value of service and how the skills of his future profession can have a profound impact on those in need.

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To Haiti With Love

FHU Seasons, June 21, 2016
Seven Freed-Hardeman University nursing students journeyed to Thomazeau, Haiti, in January, hoping to make a difference in patients’ lives but they were unaware of the difference the patients would make in theirs.

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Fight against Zika Virus makes Haiti key battleground
Pulitzer Center, May 24, 2016
Dr. David Vanderpool, who lived in Brentwood before running a prenatal care clinic in Haiti, said his facility has seen several cases of what appears to be Zika. He suspects microcephaly in one infant out of as many as 400.

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Aid to Haiti is needed but must be done in way that helps
Pulitzer Center, May 23, 2016
LiveBeyond’s Dr. David Vanderpool says visiting medical students offer expertise to local doctors in the organization’s Thomazeau campus and work alongside them. Less helpful is when groups set up free clinics in the same area where local practices exist.

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Want to help Haiti? Act like a tourist
USA Today, May 21, 2016
LiveBeyond's maternal health care program provides care, education and meals for 350 women. The organization employs 100 Haitians full-time and as many as 250 when construction projects are underway. LiveBeyond also supports a school for 250 children and a children's home, and it provides clean water to 200,000 people. The organization is building a new hospital and plans are underway for a new school.

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Want to help Haiti? Act like a tourist
The Tennessean, May 21, 2016
Work with local workers, don't compete with them. LiveBeyond's Dr. David Vanderpool says visiting medical students offer expertise to local doctors in the organization's Thomazeau campus and work alongside them. Less helpful is when groups set up free clinics in the same area where local practices exist.

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Fight against Zika virus makes Haiti key battleground
The Tennessean, May 21, 2016
Dr. David Vanderpool, who lived in Brentwood before running a prenatal care clinic in Haiti, said his facility has seen several cases of what appears to be Zika. He suspects microcephaly in one infant out of as many as 400.

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Event raises funds for humanitarian aid to Haiti
Abilene Reporter-News, May 10, 2016
"I've treated things I'd never heard of before," said Vanderpool. "They weren't in a textbook. There's no C-section. If something happens to the mother, the mother and child die. If you have appendicitis, you die."

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TV interview with Coach Gene Stallings
KTXS TV, May 10, 2016

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TV interview with Dr. David Vanderpool
The Harvest Show, April 22, 2016

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Why Christians Should Care about Earth Day
Crosswalk.com, April 21, 2016
In Haiti, where I live, the people have never been trained in proper agricultural methods and techniques. For instance, in the early 20th century, much of Haiti was covered in trees. Today, less that two percent of the land is forested. Generations of Haitians never understood how this would lead to immense soil erosion, lowering the land’s productivity and stability thereby increasing hunger and economic instability.

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Wildcats explore worldwide over spring break
The Optimist (ACU), March 24, 2016
Christen Scaggs, senior biology major from Frisco, spent her break on a medical mission trip to Thomazeau, Haiti. Scaggs served at LiveBeyond, a faith-based organization that specializes in medical and maternal care, while also providing education and clean water. Alumnus Dr. David Vanderpool and his wife Laurie founded the organization.
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Recollections of My Very Special Brother

More to Life Magazine, March 18, 2016
As I think of family meals, egg hunts and Easter baskets, I most often think of my little brother Johnny. John Mark Stallings (Johnny) was born in 1962 with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, but through the years, he taught me more than anyone about the importance of celebrating life, knowing peace and the pure joy of just being together. It’s been seven years since Johnny died, but not a day goes by that I am not reminded of Johnny’s love and his legacy.

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Fixing food aid to better feed hungry people
Devex, March 11, 2016
The people of the United States have played an important role in stanching the tide of world hunger for the past 70 years. Given primarily in the form of in-kind gifting of agricultural commodities, the $2.5 billion annual donations comprise 6 percent of total U.S. development assistance.

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Big Hearts in the Big Country: Local Couple Improving Lives in Abilene and Abroad
Big Country Homepage, February 25, 2016
He fights crime on the streets as an Abilene Police K9 Officer. She's a nurse who helps deliver babies. Together, they're raising two children. Josh and JJ New have many responsibilities but none of them get in the way of touching lives in Abilene and abroad in their free time.

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Missionary Doctor: Abstinence Isn’t Always an Option
Christianity Today, February 9, 2016
Our hospital, located along a rough dusty street on the outskirts of Thomazeau, Haiti, serves as the only source of medical care for the 150,000 impoverished residents of this area. The combination of chronic malnutrition fostered by a three-year-old draught, endemic malaria, and the new threat of the Zika virus, drives thousands of the starving sick to our doorstep each week. One such frequent visitor, though, comes for a different reason.

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6 Zika Prevention Tips From a Doctor Who Treats It
Everyday Health, February 9, 2016
The Zika virus doesn’t have the catastrophic death toll that other mosquito-borne viruses have had. But the hypothesis, and existing factual evidence, that there’s a connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly has caused the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global public health emergency.

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Christian missionary says abortion is 'not a good answer' to counter the Zika virus
Christian Today, February 5, 2016
It is easy for people who are currently safe from the Zika virus to tell women to refrain from getting pregnant because the virus could harm their babies, but it isn't that easy for the women in Haiti, according to Christian missionary Dr. David Vanderpool, who is in Thomazeau, Haiti trying to address the alarming outbreak of the Zika virus there.

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Why Experts Blame Zika Virus Explosion on Christians
CharismaNews, February 3, 2016
NPR calls him an expert, but the reality is David Vanderpool is a Christian missionary doctor on the front lines of the Zika virus in Haiti. The LiveBeyond director told NPR the Catholic Church's view on contraception can actually enable the spread of the Zika virus among the poorer populations in Central and South America. 

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Beyond My Desk

The Beaty Beat, February 3, 2016
We can also trust that God will work through his people to offer aid and healing to the afflicted. One example: David Vanderpool, a missionary doctor from Nashville now in Haiti with Live Beyond. The faith-based organization provides medical care, maternal care, orphan care, clean water, education, and more, all to "restore and heal the Thomazeau community." 

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Zika Is No Ebola, But Both Viruses Reveal Need For More Disease Research
KERA, February 2, 2016
By now many people in North Texas have heard of the Zika virus, but few have firsthand experience. Dr. David Vanderpool does. Vanderpool was raised and educated in Dallas and has seen the toll the disease is taking south of the border, in the poorest country of the Americas – Haiti. He says whether or not the Zika virus spreads to the U.S., we need to be paying close attention. 

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Church Doctrine Complicates Situation For Pregnant Women In Zika-Affected Areas
NPR, January 31, 2016
People assume that women in Haiti, you know, would have the same access to birth control that American women would, and it's just not true. The Haitian woman may not have a choice in sex. The sex may not be consensual at all. And so just enjoining people not to have babies is probably not going to be very effective.

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David Vanderpool: It’s time to urgently face diseases like Zika in the developing world
The Dallas Morning News, January 27, 2016
As a medical doctor raised in Dallas and currently living and serving in Haiti, I have been following the path of the Zika virus carefully. We have had several diagnosed patients down here in Haiti recently, and I’ve learned that it has now reached Texas. I’m sure physicians in Texas, much like me at first, had trouble diagnosing the virus, not having been as well trained in what are often considered developing world diseases. I have had a crash course in these, of late, and have learned quite a bit.

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2015

Medical Missions: Hearts lost to Haiti
ACU Today, December 16, 2015
My first mission with LiveBeyond was in November 2013. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Haiti, and I certainly wasn’t expecting for it to turn my entire life upside down. But God had bigger plans for me than I had for myself. Funny how He always seems to works like that.

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Radio interview with Dr. David Vanderpool
WTIS 1110, The Debra Evans Show, December 15, 2015

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Radio interview with Dr. David Vanderpool
Faith Radio, December 14, 2015

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#GivingTuesday: In Haiti, your gift saves lives AND families
Fox News, December 1, 2015
In the foothills of Haiti where we live, the plaintive eyes of hungry children bore through us, their hands upturned, begging for food. This country of more than 10 million, located in the verdant Caribbean, suffers from unrelenting chronic food insufficiency. This paradox defines a nation where 15 percent of children are orphaned or abandoned, many because their parents can no longer afford to feed them.

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Infant Mortality Disparity in the Developing World

Patheos, November 11, 2015
As a surgeon practicing in the U.S., I rarely encountered the issue of infant mortality. While I occasionally saw babies die in the U.S., the overwhelming resources we have at our disposal fortunately made this a rare event.  However, after I was called to sell my surgical practice and permanently moved to Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, infant mortality became a desperate daily struggle.

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Riches to Rags: A Surgeon's Journey to Haiti

Christian Broadcasting Network, November 6, 2015

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New Sustainable Development Goals, but what of nations left behind?
The Hill, October 15, 2015

As we look forward towards the exciting dawn of the U.N.’s nascent Sustainable Development Goals, let’s not forget those who are left behind. The United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were the boldest and most far-reaching of any development program for the poor in history.  

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Coach Gene Stallings Interview

WBAP News Talk, October 14, 2015

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Spiritual war: In this country, Christians find themselves fighting Satan himself

Christian Today, September 25, 2015
Mindful of this, Christians in Haiti are currently having a real-life battle against satanic worship. They are trying to change the deeply ingrained and widely accepted cultural practice of vodou in the country. These valiant Christians, however, are up for a difficult task. In Haiti, vodou is regarded as an official religion, along with Roman Catholicism.

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Satanic 'Zombified' Religion Making Inroads in United States
Charisma Magazine, September 23, 2015
"In churches, there's a lot of syncretism (or the combination of multiple religions)," says David Vanderpool, a missionary and doctor in Haiti. Vanderpool is the founder and CEO of LiveBeyond, a faith-based, humanitarian organization bringing medical and maternal health care, clean water, education, orphan care, community development and the gospel of Jesus Christ to the oppressed in Thomazeau, Haiti. 

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Keeping busy with 'Bebes': Ranch, family and football fill time of former UA coach
Tuscaloosa News, September 13, 2015
One of Stallings’ and wife Ruth Ann’s four daughters, Laurie Vanderpool, and her husband, David who is a trauma surgeon with 20 years of experience, have been conducting humanitarian efforts in Haiti for the last two years.

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Forever Changed by Short-Term Missions
Boundless, September 11, 2015
Sometimes you experience something that redefines who you are — an experience that hits your heart so hard it leaves you breathless. That moment in my life happened in Thomazeau, Haiti.

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Lessons from Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years Later
Roll Call, September 9, 2015
As a surgeon, I am trained to analyze a set of observations, implement a plan based on those observations and review the outcomes of the plan. Here are the facts: 10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina brewed ominously in the Gulf of Mexico. We had no idea the devastation it would unleash once it hit land. When the Category 3 hurricane made landfall and tore through the Gulf Coast, doctors around the country scrambled to offer help. At the time, there was no organized medical group that participated in disaster relief. 

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You Have a Gift From God
Charisma Magazine, September 8, 2015
When I first began traveling with LiveBeyond to Haiti shortly after the earthquake in 2010, I quickly began to realize just how much of the population was illiterate. We used translators help in our medical clinics and they would fill out forms for every patient. Many did not know how to spell their own names.

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Across the Nation
The Christian Chronicle, September 2015
The Pulaski Street Church of Christ, in partnership with the Christian Student Center at the University of North Alabama, is helping to improve the lives of thousands of children in Haiti. 
A peanut butter drive coordinated by students collected 8,700 jars of peanut butter — 25 percent of them coming through the church. 

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UNA Students Collect 8,700 Jars of Peanut Butter to Feed Children in Haiti
August 13, 2015
The Christian Student Center at the University of North Alabama (UNA) in Florence, Alabama, gathered more than 8,700 jars of peanut butter with the help of local churches to benefit LiveBeyond, a non-profit humanitarian organization based in Haiti. It is estimated the collection will feed more than 150,000 malnourished Haitian children.

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Former Brentwood doctor helps reduce infant deaths in Haitian town by 66 percent
Brentwood Home Page, July 26, 2015
Two years ago, Dr. David Vanderpool sold his Brentwood home, a successful medical practice, and most of his family's belongings to help serve one of the most poverty stricken countries in the world: Haiti. Now, as a result of his efforts, a recent study found a 66 percent drop in infant mortality rates at a small town there.

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Humble man provides medical assistance in Haiti
The Humble Observer | June 7, 2015
As many Americans were busy planning summer vacations, Jake Hicks of Humble was saving lives in Thomazeau, Haiti. In May, Hicks and a group of his fellow church members from the Memorial Church of Christ embarked on a week long mission trip for LiveBeyond – a faith-based organization, founded by Dr. David and Laurie Vanderpool, to provide healthcare, education, and sustenance to the impoverished in Thomazeau, Haiti.

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PJC announces 2015 Annual Fund Campaign Co-Chairs
eParisExtra.com, June 4, 2015
Together, the Stallings say their greatest accomplishments are their five children and all their grandchildren. Daughter Laurie Stallings Vanderpool and her husband, Dr. David Vanderpool, have established a hospital, clinic, orphanage, church and outreach in Thomazeau, Haiti in which all the family has been integrally involved working to aid those in need.

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In Haiti, a humbling experience for Santa Monica volunteer
Santa Monica Daily Press, June 1, 2015
Sleeping with a mosquito net in a facility with no air conditioning was an unusual experience for Leonard Anderson. It was also a reminder. Anderson has a place to live comfortably in Santa Monica. He has a job in finance in Century City. He has access to medical care. He doesn’t have to worry about his next meal. But in Thomazeau, Haiti, where he recently spent a week as a volunteer on a service trip, he came to see those resources as luxuries.

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A World Beyond
Good Health, a Healthcare Journal by Sansum Clinic, Spring 2015
Picture a Caribbean vacation for a two-physician family and you might imagine scuba diving, rounds of golf and sand castles on the beach. You would be way off the mark, at least for the Meyers-Boyatt family, whose Caribbean “vacation” consisted of his-and-hers medical missions to one of the most impoverished regions in Haiti.

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Members of two Jackson, Tenn., UMCs (Aldersgate & Jackson First) make medical mission trip to Haiti
The Memphis Conference of United Methodist Church, May 11, 2015
Hands were clapping on every side of me, and I could hear hymns rising up in the early morning, warm air. The sun rising held promise of another hot day in Haiti. The sounds of rhythmic clapping and singing in another language were exciting and spiritual. The wooden benches vibrated as the clapping and singing got louder and louder. Our American team looked around at each other when we recognized the song being sung as “How Great Thou Art.”

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College of Medicine and LiveBeyond Partner Together to Teach CPR & AED Training in Haiti for President Martelly’s Staff
VitalRecords,May 6, 2015
The Haiti-based, humanitarian organization, LiveBeyond, and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, hosted CPR & AED trainings at the presidential palace and several hospitals and nursing schools in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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LiveBeyond Benefit Dinner

Nashville Lifestyles, May 1, 2015
The 4th annual LiveBeyond Benefit Dinner was held at The Hutton Hotel with Nan Kelley, TV personality and host of Great American Country, as the emcee of the evening. Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, and LiveBeyond CEO and founder, Dr. David Vanderpool, spoke about their passion to save mother and child lives in Haiti. Guests enjoyed special musical performances by Christian artists, Janice Gaines and Jason Crabb. Proceeds from this event will help support LiveBeyond's maternal health program in Thomazeau, Haiti.

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5 Questions with Dr. David Vanderpool
The Williamson Source, April 29, 2015
Dr. Vanderpool, former Brentwood resident, owner of LAVE MD and CEO of LiveBeyond, sold all of his possessions and moved to Thomazeau, Haiti in 2013 to provide much needed medical support. We were able to catch up with him at the LiveBeyond event in Nashville to learn more about his time in Haiti and how he put his entire life in a backpack.

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Ex-Haiti prime minister, Bill Frist team for forum
The Tennessean, April 15, 2015
It's one of two Nashville events featuring Lamothe. He is set to be the speaker at a $100-a-head fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for LiveBeyond, a Nashville-based organization that provides health care in one of the poorest regions of Haiti.

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Haiti - Humanitarian : Laurent Lamothe will participate in a fundraiser for Haiti
Haiti Libre, April 4, 2015
LiveBeyond will host its fourth annual Nashville fundraiser on April 21 at Hutton Hotel. Former Haitian Prime Minster, Laurent Lamothe, is the keynote speaker and will discuss the state of maternal health in Haiti.

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LiveBeyond Hosts Life-Saving Training Course for President Martelly’s Staff
April 8, 2015
This week, Haiti-based, humanitarian organization, LiveBeyond, and Texas A&M University College of Medicine, will host a CPR & AED training course for the staff and security teams of Haiti President Michel Martelly and his wife, Sophia. The trainings will take place at the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Former Haitian Prime Minister Speaks at LiveBeyond Fundraiser
April 1, 2015
LiveBeyond will host its fourth annual Nashville fundraiser on April 21 at Hutton Hotel. Former Haitian Prime Minster, Laurent Lamothe, is the keynote speaker and will discuss the state of maternal health in Haiti. Musical guests will feature Motown Gospel recording artist, Janice Gaines, and Christian music singer, Jason Crabb, who will perform at the event.


Former Haitian leader to thank Nashville in person for aid
The Tennessean, March 31, 2015
Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is set to speak April 21 in Nashville to help a charity that has been aiding poor Haitians for years.

LiveBeyond, which provides medical care and clean water in the Thomazeau community, was started by former Brentwood surgeon David Vanderpool and his wife, Laurie. The organization has received help, money and attention from some of Nashville's biggest celebrities, including Brad Paisley and Scott Hamilton.

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9 Books on Christian Social Activism
Publishers WeeklyMarch 25, 2015
Live Beyond by David Vanderpool. Coming in August from Worthy is this autobiography of a trauma surgeon who founded the disaster relief organization Live Beyond in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

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Former Texas A&M Coach Keynotes Upcoming Fundraiser to Benefit Maternal Health
March 23, 2015
Gene Stallings, Texas A&M University and longtime Alabama University football coach, is scheduled to speak at a fundraising event for LiveBeyond on April 2 at Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, Texas. Father of LiveBeyond co-founder, Laurie Vanderpool, Coach Stallings has become a passionate advocate for LiveBeyond’s work to transform an impoverished region, Thomazeau, outside of the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince.

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Matters of the Heart
Pulse (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center), Winter 2015
After 20-plus years of practicing medicine in Brentwood, Tenn., David Vanderpool, MD, (SOM '87) and his wife, Laurie decided it was time to move. They were ready to leave the Volunteer STate. In fact, they were ready to leave the United States altogether.

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College of Medicine professor brings medical care, education to thousands in Haiti
VitalRecords, February 13, 2015
David M. Vanderpool, M.D., adjunct assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, was one of the physicians who arrived within 48 hours of the disaster to oversee and administer care to thousands of patients.

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Olympian Scott Hamilton, wife adopt kids from Haiti
The Tennessean, January 24, 2015

Like many, Tracie Hamilton couldn't tear herself away from her television set when coverage started of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The death toll has been estimated between 110,000 and 300,000, and more than a quarter million homes were destroyed or badly damaged. Hamilton, sobbing, prayed to be shown the right way to help in Haiti.

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Five Years after Earthquake, LiveBeyond strives to Transform Haiti Community
April 9, 2015
The 2010 Haiti earthquake crippled a country and took the lives of more than 300,000 at 4:23 p.m. on January 12, 2010. David Vanderpool, M.D., CEO and founder of non-profit organization, LiveBeyond (formerly MMDR), was a first responder to the disaster to provide immediate medical care.

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2014

Providing Medical Aid to Haiti Proves Transformational for RegionalCare Hospital Partners
HealthTrust, December 16, 2014
Two years ago, RegionalCare Hospital Partners began searching for a way to use its employees’ skills in a volunteer humanitarian aid program. The search led the Brentwood, Tennessee-based hospital chain 1,500 miles away to Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries, to launch a partnership to address the urgent medical needs of the nation’s populace.

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Coach Gene Stallings Delivers Keynote at LiveBeyond's DFW Benefit
Athlete Promotions, December 5, 2014
College Football Hall of Famer Gene Stallings was the featured speaker at Live Beyond’s first annual benefit on Monday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Grapevine, Texas at the Grapevine Concourse Event Center. The event was a major success, with more than 250 attendees gathering to support LiveBeyond’s work in Thomazeau, Haiti. 

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'Our hearts are twice the size': Scott Hamilton talks about adopting kids from Haiti
TODAY, November 21, 2014
David M. Vanderpool, M.D., adjunct assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, was one of the physicians who arrived within 48 hours of the disaster to oversee and administer care to thousands of patients.

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LiveBeyond Hosted First Annual Benefit in Texas
November 18, 2014
Gene Stallings, national champion head coach and Football Hall of Fame inductee, was the featured speaker at LiveBeyond’s first annual benefit in Grapevine, Texas at the Grapevine Concourse Event Center on Monday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

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Williams-Paisley urges Rotarians to make a difference in Hait
Brentwood Homepage, November 9, 2014
Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley traded the navy Romona Keveza lace gown she wore at Wednesday's CMA Awards for a look more in line with one of her favorite roles, that of Williamson County mom, when she addressed the Brentwood Rotary Club Friday.

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David Vanderpool, M.D. to Speak at Cottage Hospital Annual Meeting
November 8, 2014
David Vanderpool, M.D., CEO and founder of LiveBeyond, will be the keynote speaker at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s annual medical staff meeting on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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David Vanderpool, M.D. to Speak at Belmont University Student Chapel
October 29, 2014
David Vanderpool, M.D., CEO and founder of LiveBeyond, will speak at Belmont University’s student chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. in The Chapel on Belmont’s campus.

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David Vanderpool, M.D. Speaks on Maternal Health Model at ‘The Mother & Child Project’ Conference
October 2, 2014
David Vanderpool, M.D., CEO and founder of LiveBeyond, recently spoke at “The Mother and Child Project” conference at Brentwood Baptist Church to share how his organization is addressing maternal and infant health issues in Thomazeau, Haiti.

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Former Nashville Doctor Conducts Study on Chikungunya in Haiti
August 21, 2015
Dr. David Vanderpool is a trauma surgeon from Nashville, TN who now resides in Thomazeau, Haiti, where he oversees his medical non-profit organization, LiveBeyond. Dr. Vanderpool conducted a study in the peak months of the outbreak from May 2014- July 2014. He stated his "objective being to describe the symptoms and morbidity during the recent outbreak in Haiti so that medical personnel unfamiliar with the disease may be more adept at the diagnosis and treatment of chikungunya."

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As Ebola Worries Grow, Health Workers Brave The Risks
The Tennessean | August 5, 2014
Many Nashville health care professionals have given their time and talents to serve the sickest people in some of the most remote areas. Like Dr. Brantly, former Tennessee Senator Bill Frist, a heart surgeon, visited Africa in 1998 with a Samaritan's Purse medical mission team and has continued his medical mission work there annually. Last year, Dr. David Vanderpool, a vascular surgeon, sold his Brentwood medical practice and home and moved to Haiti with his wife where they have dedicated their lives to medical missions.

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Food, Medicine and Compassion
Ottumwas Courrier, July 18, 2014
People who spend their days making a difference in Ottumwa recently had a chance to help those with even greater needs far from home.

A group of volunteers from Ottumwa Regional Health Center flew a relief mission to Haiti, an already poor nation pushed beyond the breaking point by multiple disasters.

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Belmont University Students Study Abroad with LiveBeyond
May 21, 2014
In May 2013, Belmont University in Nashville, TN partnered with LiveBeyond, a non-profit organization located in Thomazeau, Haiti, in efforts to nurture the university's community service-oriented focus. Since the union commenced, Belmont faculty and staff have traveled to Thomazeau, Haiti on two separate occasions to explore how their respective departments could align their skills and talents with the work being done at LiveBeyond.

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LiveBeyond CEO, Dr. David Vanderpool, Receives TMA 2014 Distinguished Service Award
May 6, 2015
Friday, April 25, 2014 Tennessee Medical Association presented annual awards during the TMA's 179th Annual Meeting in Franklin, TN. The Tennessee Medical Association is Tennessee's largest physician organization.

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Olympian Scott Hamilton shares hope, dream for Haiti
The Tennessean, April 17, 2014
When U.S. do-gooders head to poverty-stricken Haiti, they have to get used to a new normal.

"(Our guide) showed us an area down a path, and that path has broken glass, razor blades sitting on top of the dirt," said Scott Hamilton, a renowned Olympic medalist and Franklin resident who has been to Haiti three times.

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Belmont Delegates ‘Live Beyond’ Campus in Haiti
Belmont University, February 14, 2014

During his recent visit to Thomazeau, Haiti, College of Pharmacy Dean Phil Johnston visited villages with LiveBeyond workers and a Belmont delegation to aid and dispense medications to a woman in postpartum, a father with high blood pressure, a small boy with worms and a man with a hip injury. The most powerful experience of them all was when a man who received medical attention sang a Christian hymn in Creole as his Vodou-practicing neighbors gathered around and listened.

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Olympic Gold Medalist, Scott Hamilton, Will Headline 3rd Annual LiveBeyond Fundraising Event
March 27, 2014
LiveBeyond will host its 3rd annual “An Evening That Will Live Beyond…” at The Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. on April 22, 2014. The event is poised to raise funds for LiveBeyond’s Obstetric hospital, set to break ground later this year, in efforts to reduce perinatal and infant mortality rates in Haiti. The evening will include a formal dinner, shared passions and experiences about Haiti by Scott Hamilton, and musical entertainment from Christian artist, Jason Crabb. 

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LiveBeyond Breaks Ground on Hospital in Thomazeau, Haiti with RegionalCare Hospital Partners
March 18, 2014
LiveBeyond partnered with RegionalCare Hospital Partners, based out of Brentwood, TN, to assist with their initiatives for building a hospital in Thomazeau, Haiti. There are ten groups from various RegionalCare locations scheduled to visit Thomazeau in 2014, the first being Paris Regional Medical Center, who helped LiveBeyond CEO Dr. David Vanderpool and his wife, Laurie Vanderpool, break ground on LiveBeyond's new hospital on February 12, 2014.

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Texas A&M Students Travel to LiveBeyond in Thomazeau, Haiti
February 26, 2014
Two students from Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Audie Cherry and Paige Graves, left for Thomazeau, Haiti on February 5, 2014, to embark on a three month internship as a result of the recent partnership between LiveBeyond and Texas A&M.

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Belmont University Faculty Travel to LiveBeyond in Thomazeau, Haiti
February 14, 2014
Two groups of Belmont University faculty & staff will explore LiveBeyond’s base in Thomazeau, Haiti during February to identify areas of student mission participation as ongoing partnership between Belmont & LiveBeyond grows.

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Belmont University Faculty Travel to LiveBeyond in Thomazeau, Haiti
The Optimist (ACU), January 14, 2014
The trip is no longer affiliated with Spring Break Campaigns, but is sponsored by Live Beyond/Mobile Medical Disaster Relief, founded by ACU alumni David and Laurie Vanderpool. It began when students got in touch with the Vanderpools and suggested the trip. For the past few years, between 15 and 20 students have attended each year. The Haiti trip is a recent addition to the Guatemala trip that has been offered to ACU students for many years.

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2013

ECM staff returns from Haiti
Times Daily, October 10, 2013
A Middle Tennessee doctor who has spent his entire career helping women look and feel better is trading in his Brentwood lifestyle to move to a country without electricity, running water or a sewage system.

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Brentwood Doctor, Wife Who Moved to Haiti Share Joys of New Life
The Tennessean, August 21, 2013
David Vanderpool told about the progress on the guesthouse to allow for more mission trips to their Live Beyond ministry base in Thomazeau, Haiti. He told of plans for the hospital and progress on the water purification systems and, therefore, the huge drop in cholera cases in their area.

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Brentwood Doctor Moving to Haiti to Open Hospital
WSMV, May 8, 2013
A Middle Tennessee doctor who has spent his entire career helping women look and feel better is trading in his Brentwood lifestyle to move to a country without electricity, running water or a sewage system.

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Couple Sell Everything to Serve Haitians
USA Today, April 23, 2013
A Nashville-area surgeon and his wife are giving up the good life to fulfill a dream they've had since they were high school sweethearts in the 1970s.

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2011

Brentwood Surgeon Uses Practice Profits To Help The Hurting
O Mag Digital, January 2011
Why would a successful vascular surgeon leave the comforts of Brentwood, TN, and travel to the most remote and marginalized parts of the world for a week each month? 

David Vanderpool, MD, FACS, owner of Lavé MD, is driven by a passion to help the vulnerable of the world with his medical skills and with his medical practice’s profits. “I know I have been blessed and want to be a blessing to others,” he said.

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Alumni News
The PrideWinter 2011
David Vanderpool '78 and his sons, David Stallings and John Mark, daughter, Jacklyn, and wife, Laurie, were profiled in PEOPLE Magazine's "2010 Heroes Among Us" article for their tireless work in Haiti and around the world.

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2010

Meet Our 2010 Heroes
People MagazineNovember 8, 2010
Tough times demand even bigger spirits. So for the 2010 Heroes of the Year awards, we chose those men and women who noticed great unfilled needs in the world around them and dug deep to make a difference. From Dr. Timothy Miller, who rebuilds the faces of servicemen and women injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, to Bruno Serato, a restaurateur who couldn't let the kids in his own Anaheim, Calif., neighborhood go hungry another day, the 2010 winners have found ways to do good. Surgeon David Vanderpool and his family brought their medical team to Haiti immediately after the quake struck last January and have returned to that country 10 times since.

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Hope Out of the Rubble

People MagazineApril 12, 2010
The leaders of that life-saving team: a single family. David Vanderpool, 50-a vascular surgeon from Brentwood, Tenn.-his wife, Laurie, 51, and their three children (David Jr., 22, John Mark, 18, and Jacklyn, 16) don't take beach vacations. Instead they run temporary medical clinics in war-torn and impoverished countries like Iraq, Honduras and South Africa. These days their mission is Haiti. "We go to places that need our help," Dr. Vanderpool says of their recent 10-day stint, when they saw 2,000 patients. "Haiti is the place where we can really be helpful now." 

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