Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Giving Back Daniel Bunyi; Jacksonville Physician, Family Return to Help Filipino Countrymen

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Giving Back Daniel Bunyi; Jacksonville Physician, Family Return to Help Filipino Countrymen

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Byline: Cindy Schriver

When people volunteer, they can change lives - including their own. Each week in Reason, we will highlight a volunteer's story of giving back and how that selfless act was a true revelation. The volunteer project is a collaboration among the Times-Union, the University of North Florida, the United Way of Northeast Florida and HandsOn Jacksonville.

It was in a garbage dump deep in the slums of a small Philippine town that Daniel Bunyi first met the young boy.

Only 7 or 8 years old, the child was dirty and malnourished; too small for his age and living in conditions that are beyond comprehension to most Americans. The child had already begun to lose his teeth, not from the natural progression of tooth loss, but from diet or lack thereof and poor living conditions.

The Jacksonville physician brought the young boy back to the medical mission he and his family were running. There, the child received the dental care he so desperately needed and the help to stay healthy and have a life outside of that garbage dump.

The boy was helped on one of the volunteer medical mission trips to the Philippines that the Bunyi family makes every other year, with help from local medical mission organizations already serving in the area. The family has been conducting these trips for eight years.

Many members of the extended Bunyi family are medical professionals. Bunyi jokes, "It would be a shorter list to tell you which of my family are not in the medical profession."

They all use their reunion time to give back and help the people of the Philippines. Most of the Bunyi family are spread all over the United States, but they never forget the less fortunate people of their homeland.

Bunyi said he still thinks of that small boy in the garbage dump as he volunteers every Friday at the Outreach Medical Clinic on the Westside of Jacksonville. Bunyi has volunteered at the clinic since 2008.

Bunyi opened his offices in Jacksonville in 1986 and now has an office in Orange Park as well.

The realization that he and his family are blessed continues to inspire him to serve. The whole family lives out the words of Bunyi's mother: "You are blessed to be a blessing, whether you are a doctor or you mow lawns; use your time and talents to honor God and serve your fellow man. …

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