HOPE Grants Provide Funding for Travel for DOCARE International Missions

March 18, 2016

CHICAGO - - The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF)  in partnership with Robert D. Blubaugh, DO and Stanley E. Grogg, DO is excited to introduce a new grant program  to support medical missions through DOCARE International.

HOPE Grants (Helping Other People Everywhere) provide funding assistance to third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students and pediatric residents to travel to underserved countries on DOCARE International Missions. The goal of this grant is to empower members of the osteopathic profession to provide voluntary medical support on humanitarian medical missions and to support the mission of DOCARE International.

With their combined experience, Dr.  Blubaugh and Dr. Grogg have volunteered on hundreds of medical mission trips. The two pediatricians’ dedication to underserved populations throughout the years has helped hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. Their generous donation and partnership with the AOF will provide funding to support travel costs associated with DOCARE International humanitarian trips.  

“We are grateful to Drs. Grogg and Blubaugh and are happy to support their goal of encouraging others to bring osteopathic medicine around the globe. This is a great way for the AOF to support overseas care, but also to encourage others to participate in the excellent opportunities that DOCARE International has to offer,” says AOF Executive Director, Stephen S. Downey.

Committed to identifying and supporting philanthropic activities that improve people’s health and enhance the osteopathic profession, the AOF first supported DOCARE International’s Guatemala Continuity of Care Clinic in 2012.  Providing financial assistance for this clinic gave osteopathic medical students and DOs an opportunity to promote awareness of osteopathic medicine, and provide medical care to the poor in San Andres, Itzapa, Guatemala. DOCARE International now has an additional clinic in Chacraseca, Nicaragua.

To learn more about HOPE Grants and how to apply, click here.


About DOCARE International
DOCARE International is a medical outreach organization dedicated to providing much-needed healthcare to indigent and isolated people in remote areas around the world. Our membership is comprised primarily of physicians, and includes healthcare professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, disciplines, and locations. We welcome new members and volunteers. For more information, visit https://www.docareintl.org/.

About the American Osteopathic Foundation
For 65 years, the Chicago-based American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has served as the philanthropic heart of the osteopathic profession. The AOF strives to support philanthropic activities that promote and enhance the osteopathic profession.  Contributions to the AOF benefit thousands of osteopathic medical professionals through grants, scholarships and awards to students, physicians and osteopathic programs. The more than 11,000 donors include osteopathic physicians, industry benefactors, affiliates and others interested in advancing osteopathic medicine.  For more information, visit www.aof.org.


For more information, please contact:
Lizzie Ortolano, 312.202.8235, eortolano@aof.org