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The ONE Runner Up

Kanchana Thornton is the founder of the Burma Children's Medical fund. They support children in Thailand and in Myanmar. You can read more about the amazing work being done at

The 2017 THE ONE from Rotary District 3450 recognized Kanchana as runner up for the THE ONE International Humanitiarian Award for 2017. The brief write up on their website reads:

Saving lives on the Thai-Burma border

Kanchana Thornton established Burma Children Medical Fund in 2006. She provides much needed medical care for those disenfranchised by decades of war and political conflict in Burma on the Thai-Burma border.

Kanchana has spent many years working with Thai security institutions to acquire authorization to treat refugees and migrants, and has negotiated for their safe passage to hospitals for treatment. She has even secured significant discounts in hospital bills, allowing the money saved to go towards further expanding BCMF.

To date, Kanchana has helped save over 2,000 patients with complex medical conditions who wouldn’t have survived without her help.

We at Chiang Mai International Rotary Club are so grateful Kanchana for all she does and to District 3450 for their Philanthropic work. We are proud to be Rotarians!


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