Daniel Sanchez, former Medical Team Coordinator, has left the HELPS family to further pursue his career as an oncologist. As a child Daniel spent his summers working on a coffee plantation, which gave him a chance to see life outside of the city and to discover the true beauty of his country.

In Guatemala, students aspiring for a career in medicine begin a seven year program directly out of high school. Part of this program is designated for field study where students volunteer their services in the highlands. This is where Daniel began his relationship with HELPS which helped him to discover his exceptional skills connecting with patients and his ability to help in ways other than medicine.

Daniel has moved to the United States, and over the next several years he will work on his oncology residency. As he looks back, he reflects on how HELPS has shaped his perspective on his future career. “My plan was to remain in the states, but that changed after a year and a half with HELPS. I want to come back. I have always loved my country, and in working with HELPS I realized that I could do my part to change somebody’s life.”

“I encourage Guatemalans. There is a lot of need and all of us can help. It can be a real changing experience.”

HELPS wants to extend a great “Thank you, and Good Luck” to Daniel as he moves on.  Thank you Dan!