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Día de los Muertos looked a little different this year—but that didn’t stop Carla Romero from celebrating with her community, all while supporting the Families at the Border program at Stanford Medicine.

Carla and her family hosted a socially-distanced Day of the Dead Altar Exposition, inviting the community to walk or drive-by while accepting donations in support of Families at the Border program, a humanitarian group of doctors, medical students, and affiliated professionals aiming to improve the health and well-being of refugee families in Tijuana. With an outpouring of support, Carla and friends raised over $3,000 for the program.

“My family and I love to host get-togethers with family and friends, so we thought why not invite the whole community?” says Carla. “It was so special to see the familiar and new faces of community members stop by specifically to admire, enjoy, educate themselves, and support Stanford's Families at the Border.”

With upwards to 10,000 refugees waiting to seek asylum since 2018, the California-Mexico border city faces unprecedented demands as health crises propagate in already crowded shelters and clinics. Working in teams, FATB providers conduct monthly visits to assess the needs, resources, and priorities of our partnering shelters and clinics. 

These visits have resulted in the establishment of bimonthly women’s clinic for pregnant women and ongoing development of protocols for illnesses that commonly plague shelter occupants. This is possible thanks to community support—the program relies on donors and supporters like the Romero family to supply medications, medical supplies, sanitary equipment, and other needs of the clinics.

Thank you, Carla, for supporting the Families at the Border program at Stanford Medicine!  

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