Published : Thursday, 29 Dec 2011, 11:54 AM EST
HAVANA, Cuba (WOOD) - Next week the Grand Valley State baseball team is traveling to Havana, Cuba for a game like no other. The team is only the second in the United States to play against a Cuban team in that country, but this trip is about more than baseball. The GVSU team is joining forces with the Grand Rapids based organization First Hand Aid, a group that's delivered life saving medical supplies to Cuba for more than a decade. Earlier this year, eightWest reporter Joy Walczak went to Cuba with First Hand Aid and she gave us a inside look at the healthcare system inside this communist country, a world we rarely get to see. Step into the wards of children's hospitals in Havana, Cuba and in the rural Cuban community of Guines where the work of First Hand Aid takes place. We'll also follow the group as they bring food aid to the elderly, an outreach of this organization and Cuban churches. Joy traveled with this West Michigan non-profit organization in July and brings us back there through the lens of photographer Klaas Kwant of Grand Rapids Community College. Donations and travelers are always needed to continue this mission.
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