Scripps Health Foundation

Mercy Outreach Surgical Team: Changing Lives in Mexico

Reaching out to those who have limited or no access to health care, Mercy Outreach Surgical Team (M.O.S.T) provides care and compassion during week-long outreach missions in the heart of southern and central Mexico. Our goal is to bring hope, comfort and the opportunity for a better life to children and adults through life-changing surgeries. Each medical mission uplifts the spirits, self-esteem and prospects of nearly 300 patients.

Since the program began in 1988, M.O.S.T. has been supported entirely through philanthropy. Our physicians, nurses, technical and administrative team members volunteer their time and expertise to help those in need. Without the generosity of donors and volunteers, this work could not be done.

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Your gift can change a life with one click

An online donation is the easiest and most immediate way to help M.O.S.T. continue its mission. All gifts, no matter the size, can have a direct impact on those in greatest need:

  • $100 provides a pair of eyeglasses
  • $350 provides surgery for one child
  • $500 sponsors one team member
  • $15,000 covers team travel
  • $25,000 provides supplies for one mission
  • $100,000 sponsors the team for a week-long mission
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Support the Mary Rumsey Endowment

This new endowment fund will help sustain our trips to Mexico. Established through a challenge grant, the initial campaign raised $500,000 from community members, which was matched — dollar for dollar — by the Price family to bring the total to $1 million.

The campaign is not complete. M.O.S.T. has set its sights on raising an additional $1 million to ensure our missions continue for years to come.

There are many ways to give

No matter the size of the gift, all gifts matter. Every dollar donated goes toward providing life-changing procedures. Our M.O.S.T. team plans two to three trips a year, typically in the spring and fall. Your gift can help send our team on its next mission.

Donate now.

To volunteer with M.O.S.T., please contact Kathy Guevara at 619-686-3633 or

For more information, contact Sherry Serio at 619-686-3568 or