CMDA of WNY Newsletter

April 2022

Bringing the hope & healing of Christ to WNY and the world.

Resource Room

CMDA articles, policy, and resources regarding physician-assisted suicide.

addiction medicine section

A National Emergency

By Darren Caparaso, M.D., Co-Director of Embrace Recovery Buffalo

STUNNING FACT - For the first time in our nation’s history, Fentanyl overdoses have surged to become the #1 cause of death for ages 18-45!

Drug overdose deaths have reached a staggering all-time record high during a 12-month period from May 2020 to April 2021, with over 100,000 people dying of drug overdoses in the United States.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Thankfully, there are life-saving, evidence-based treatments that can be implemented, to successfully manage conditions such as opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder.

The last two years have taught us many life lessons and has made us all painfully aware of the ongoing mental health crisis exacerbated by the pandemic. The pandemic continued to fuel our addiction and drug overdose epidemic.

We at ERB strongly believe it is vitally important to have clinical and community care (medicine and ministry) working TOGETHER.

ERB continues to EDUCATE, EQUIP, AND ENGAGE healthcare providers, patients, families, and our communities, to shed light on this stigma and ignorance which shrouds addiction.

Our team is committed to fulfilling our mission to help people get the help they deserve. Addiction care is just as important as any other type of medical care.

For more about Embrace Recovery, and to learn of the wonderful testimonies and positive impact they have on the community, click the button below:

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Fusion Meeting (online)

Philip Reed, Ph.D.

Guest Speaker

When: April 9th, 2022 @ 7pm
Topic: Is Physician-Assisted Suicide Compassionate?

Fusion Dinner (in-person)

Dr. Mike Chupp, CEO CMDA

Bill Reichart, VP for Campus & Community Ministries

When: May 11th, 2022 @ 6:30pm
Where: TBA

Join us as we host Dr. Mike Chupp, CEO of CMDA, and Bill Reichart, VP for Campus & Community Ministries, for a special, in-person Fusion gathering. Registration details coming soon. Don't miss it!

A New Chapter for CMDA of WNY

For over 60 years, CMDA of WNY has been educating and ministering among students, serving in mission fields, as well as in our own local community. Through excellent leadership and the sovereign will of the Lord, we have grown and continue to do so.

Now, we find ourselves turning the page into a new chapter of CMDA of WNY. What does that look like?

We are currently looking for a space where “Christian Health and Ministry Meet”. A center near the growing and vibrant medical corridor, where we can expand the work in new and innovative ways. A place where vital partnerships are formed with the local church community and services.

This is an exciting season for us, and I can only imagine what God has in store. Please be in prayer and seek the LORD about your involvement.

Email me at We want to hear your thoughts and ideas.

For His Glory,
The Leadership of CMDA of WNY

Prayer needs

Please pray for students as they are preparing for finals and board exams.
Pray that God would give our fellowships opportunities to share the gospel on campus.
Please pray for the Well Clinic and that the clients would experience hope, healing, and deliverance from this horrible bondage.
Please pray for strong connections with our WNY community.
Pray for the right space for CMDA to grow in effectiveness.

Thank you for your generosity!

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Embrace Recovery

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Healthcare Missions

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Drs. Liz & Ethan Helm
WNY Medical Missionaries
to Cambodia

Note: Click the donate button, then in the field labeled "Missionary Project Name/Number", type "Ethan and Elizabeth Helm #014109."

Joe & Rebecca Harvey
WNY Medical Missionaries to Congo