Local woman worries about family in the Philippines after typhoon

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- "I just want to know where are they? My goodness I can't sleep, can't concentrate," said a weary Henna Fuller. She cannot stop thinking about her loved ones caught in the middle of a deadly and powerful typhoon that wiped out parts of the Philippines on Friday.

"It's just so hard not knowing if they're alive or if they are even safe," the North Kansas City woman told FOX 4's Robert Townsend during an interview Monday.

Ever since the historic storm roared through a significant part of the Philippines, Fuller has kept her cellphone by her side and she's constantly online trying to reach her 90-year-old grandmother, her three sisters, two brothers and other family members she just want to know survived the deadly storm.

"It is extremely hard. I also saw in the some of video from TV that the house where I grew up is still standing, but right now it is without a roof. My sister in Manila, which wasn't hit by the typhoon, did call and tell me she's  talked to one of our brothers and my nephew and that they're okay, that gives me a little hope, " said Fuller.

In the meantime as Fuller holds on to hope, retired pathologists and Philippine-natives, Doctor Tony and Luz Racela, along with several board members and volunteers with World Outreach Foundation of Kansas City have organized a lifesaving medical mission.

Their goal: get much-needed medical treatment and supplies to the scores of people hurt by the massive typhoon.

"We have Filipino doctors and nurses there right now and we will leave the Metro and head that way the day after Thanksgiving," said Dr. Tony Rachela.

"We got to do this for the families and for the children, who are the future generations in the Philippines," said a teary-eyed Luz Racela. "It just breaks my heart to see all of the mass devastation in my homeland."

If you wish to donate to aid efforts, both Heart-to-Heart and the Filipino Cultural Center Foundation provide ways to send charitable donations to the area.

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