ASSISTS in Senegal from Bob Krist on Vimeo.


Help Us Save Lives

Dakar Fishmarket, by Robert BeckIn 2010, artist Robert Beck and renowned multimedia journalist Bob Krist – both from New Hope – traveled with Doylestown Surgeon Dr. Albert Ruenes to Senegal.  Beck did a 12 painting series of everyday life in Senegal. Krist produced a video of the work being done by Ruenes and ASSISTS, teaching West African surgeons in prostate surgery and fistula repair.

A fundraising event was held at New Hope Arts, in New Hope, PA, on May 26, 2011, to raise money to support ASSISTS’ efforts.  The event showcased the work of Beck and Krist in support of ASSISTS’ mission. The extraordinary images created by Beck were on exhibit, with all sales proceeds donated to ASSISTS. Krist’s outstanding video of the 2010 trip was premiered, which highlighted the ASSISTS' mission and brought the scope of this amazing project to life .

Guests were asked to help support the purchase of medical supplies to enable ASSISTS to teach West African surgeons advances in prostate surgery and fistula repair.  Guests also had an opportunity to sponsor a prostate surgery or fistula repair patient. Robert Beck, Dr. Albert Ruenes, Bob Krist.  Photo by Bob Krist

ASSISTS would like to thank everyone who came out meet Dr. Al Ruenes, Robert Beck and Bob Krist. Guests learned firsthand about the critical work of ASSISTS during an inspiring evening.  Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and most importantly, helped to save lives.

Donations are still being accepted:

Pay by (link to Paypal) or send checks payable to

“Medical Care International for ASSISTS”*

Send to: ASSISTS, 5437 Michael Ct., Pipersville, PA 18947

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Directions to New Hope Arts here

*Medical Care International (MCI) is a nonprofit organization that coordinates volunteer medical missions to needy communities worldwide.  MCI, founded in early 2009 by Drs. Jessica and Gilbert Kasirsky, provides medical care to communities in need, seeks to improve lives through health education, and encourages a sense of responsibility for health and well-being, even in impoverished communities. With a common mission and vision, MCI will serve as ASSISTS fiscal sponsorship until the organization receives full 501(c)(3) status this year.