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Gail Gettler and her family went to Tanzania to live for four months to experience Africa, its beauty, people and culture.
They came home to Bozeman two years ago with much more than photos of Mount Kilimanjaro. Gettler returned with a sense of mission — to help The Plaster House, the small nonprofit where she and her daughter volunteered for a month.
This week’s leap taker had done the things she set out to do with her career. She had created a nice, comfortable life. And yet, she felt incredibly sad. But instead of pushing it away, she turned towards it and used it to fuel a truly authentic expression of who she is.
Justin was eight when he had an epileptic seizure and fell into a cooking fire. His right arm was amputated and he was left with severe facial disfigurement; a hole for a nose and one eye. When he arrived at the Plaster House, a surgical rehabilitation centre founded by Australian Sarah Rejman in Tanzania, he had been tormented in his village.