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Fritz Demonstrates Heart-Saving Techniques at Elk Grove High School

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Elk Grove High School of Illinois has decided to work with the American Heart Association in a terrific effort to inform and instruct the young adults and families of Elk Grove High School on heart saving information during the basketball game. The American Heart Association commemorates Go Red For Women during February, heart health awareness month, to support women with heart related diseases.

Dr. Disque teaches CPR to the AHA Associate Board of Chicago

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The salvation of a human life is a priceless and enormously fulfilling task that most people assume is performed strictly by doctors and trained professionals.  This belief, however, is tremendously far from true. Anyone can save a life with the correct knowledge and unpretentious training that Dr. Karl “Fritz” Disque DO, Director of the Disque Foundation, offers.

The Disque Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the dual task of enhancing health care education and motivating others to live inspired lives. A worldwide goal, members of the foundation have contributed in Panama, Haiti, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, and the United States.

Chicago State University Taking Action Against Cardiovascular

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The heart, the first-developing organ, is the complex and central structure to health in the human body. Recently, Dr. Disque and the American Heart Association taught a course to the staff at Chicago State University containing unquestionably vital information about key components of heart health. Dr. Disque’s presentation Taking Action Against Cardiovascular Disease, entirely discussed and explained cardiovascular disease in an unpretentious and instructive approach.

A Child Named Baby By Dr. Karl Disque

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We recently traveled to Bocas del Toro, Panama to assist with the
Floating Doctors, an amazing organization dedicated to bringing medical relief to remote coastal communities. We had heard stories of the need and poverty in the communities that they served and we were filled with anticipation of what we might experience.

On the first day of clinic in Ensenada, a mother brought in her beautiful 18-month-old daughter who was having difficulty breathing. Working with the interpreter, we were able to gather that the family cooked all foods indoors by open fire, leaving the house constantly smoky. Though this is a common practice in the area, it can lead to a plethora of respiratory problems among members of the community.

What Costa Rica Taught Me About Mother Theresa by Jane Spreckelson

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Jane Spreckelson coloring with a young boy in Costa Rica.

Jane Spreckelson coloring with a young boy in Costa Rica.

Jane Spreckelson, sixth grader, wrote this book report based on her trip to Costa Rica.

I chose to do Mother Teresa because she did a lot of great things in her lifetime that I am very inspired by.  I have always wanted to travel to other countries and help people out like she did. I finally got the chance when I went to Costa Rica. I had a great time helping kids out. They were orphans and were in need of someone to play with so I was there. Mother Teresa did the same things accept she was helping the poor.  I want to do this too. I would like to go to another country sometime in my life again. Mother Teresa was there for the people that no on else wanted to go near. She was kind by always being nice. She was determined by never giving up when helping the people. She was also inspirational by being like Jesus and caring for the needy.

Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House

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Jenny Gorski and her new friend decorate cookies together.

The Ronald McDonald House prides itself in caring for children with complex medical needs by providing them with comfort, compassion and a sense of community. One way RMH displays this is by hosting a series of fun events for the children, such as Art Night and Bake Night, where volunteers can come in and share smiles and laughs, as well as delicious treats and wonderful works of arts, with the kids.

We here, at the Disque Foundation, firmly believe that it is important give to the community, which is why we often find ourselves in downtown Chicago a few times a month. And while others may title it as “volunteer work”, we simply see it as an opportunity to bring a few chuckles to those who need it the most.

In The Hometown News!

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newspaper-720We are extremely honored to announce a story covering our contribution trip in December to Costa Rica was very recently published by one of our hometown news publications.

The Jackson County Banner published an article yesterday covering our contribution trip, and highlighting a few of the members of the Disque Foundation’s Board of Trustees, John Disque and Anna Disque. Operations for the Disque Foundation are based out of Brownstown, Indiana- a small town in southern Indiana, which John and Anna call home, and where our Executive Direction Dr. Karl “Fritz” Disque grew up.

Costa Rica: A Teenage Volunteer’s View

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costa-rica-1Karoline Kress, creator of the new Disque Foundation logo, traveled to Costa Rica during the first week of December with members of the Disque Foundation. The purpose of the trip was to train health care providers and other local citizens in Basic Life Support skills, and to contribute at the Pueblito de Costa Rica Orphanage. However, the experience proved to be much more than expected. She has graciously shared her journal entries from her week in Costa Rica with the hope of inspiring others to contribute as well.

Disque Foundation Trip Ends on High Note

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Months of planning, coordinating and energy paid off in a big way for members of The Disque Foundation. The foundation’s first annual trip wrapped up on Saturday, after a week spent near Cartago, Costa Rica.

The Disque Foundation is built on a mission to further health education to developing communities throughout the globe. The primary purpose of the trip was to provide Basic Life Support and CPR lessons to local members of the Costa Rican community.