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North Texas volunteers head to Philippines to help typhoon victims

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While many will enjoy Christmas with family this month, some North Texans will be heading into parts of the Philippines hit hard by last month's typhoon.

The trip will deliver desperately needed supplies and even some Christmas cheer, and it has extra special meaning for the woman leading the charge.

The Dallas-based humanitarian aid organization, Linking the World, is making the big trip.

The group will use C-130s to deliver pallets of water, life-saving medical supplies donated by UT Southwestern, rubber soles from Dallas-based Roma Boots, homemade Christmas cards and teddy bears to victims of the typhoon, including orphaned children.

Mina Chang is Linking the World President and CEO, on aid missions since the age of 6.

Her parents are retired Salvation Army commanding officers, and their last post was in Dallas Fort Worth. Chang knows all too well what it's like to have life turned upside down.

"Personally, being hit with brain cancer, it's like being put through a natural disaster myself," she said.

Chang didn't make the first trip because of her diagnosis and recently had a tumor removed, but her health has improved, and doctors have cleared her for the trip.

"It puts things into perspective of what it feels like to really be desperate and in a place of fear and also have the choice, am I going to become a victim, or am I going to be a victor through this?" said Chang.

Linking the World runs two schools in the Philippines and has taken on an additional 44 orphans since the storm.

If you'd like to help or learn more about Linking the World, visit

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