There are many ways you can help people in
need with their foot health. The following are four examples of podiatric
charity work which Dr. Schumacher supports, and we would be pleased to provide
you with more information if you would like to participate.
Every year, Dr. Schumacher participates
in a shoe drive to provide shoes to needy individuals in British
Columbia. If you have shoes you no longer wear and wish to donate them
to charity, contact Dr. Schumacher's office, or drop off your shoes to any
of our office locations.
Diabetes is the leading cause of foot
amputations in both Canada and the United States. Diabetes can also cause chronic pain, loss of
sensation, recurrent leg infections, and even death. Canadians have a
very strong history in advances in providing medical advances towards
eradicating diabetes--insulin was developed here decades ago, and there have
been exciting recent advancements here in transplanting cells into the pancreas
so that the patient may be able to become completely free of insulin.
If you wish to
participate in eradicating this disease, contact the
directly, or you may contact Dr. Schumacher's
3. Podiatric Education
The Canadian Podiatric Education
Foundation (CPEF) is an organization that provides funds to help offset the
tremendous costs faced by Canadian podiatric medical students. This is particularly
needed today, because of the high costs Canadians
incur studying in the United States because of the exchange rate. (All podiatric medical schools
are in the United States, and podiatric medical education requires studying
there.) Given the lengthy educational process to become a doctor of
podiatric medicine, it is not uncommon for Canadian students to graduate in
$200,000 U.S. worth of debt, then face having to pay that debt off with Canadian
dollars. If you are interested in offering financial
assistance to Canadian podiatric medical students, please contact Dr.
Foot Care For Those Who Have None
Dr. Schumacher is
part of a team developing a new program to offer free medical
and surgical care to indigent people in Latin America. If you are an individual or represent a
group interested in helping sponsor foot care to this region, in
providing medical equipment, or
in participating in another way, please contact Dr.