Mace and Pre-Dental Club President Dylan McKnight, a senior biology major from Chesterfield, Va., spent a week last September at the urban clinic sterilizing surgical gear and experienced first-hand the clinic's need for new, basic surgical instruments like scalpels, clamps, retractors and laparoscopic instruments.
"In the United States, each procedure is done with brand new equipment and the clinic's equipment we worked on was worn out with use and re-use," said Mace, who added that clubs' goal is to raise $10,000 with the Run for Hope 5K and other joint fund-raising activities this semester in support of the Mission of Hope that does between up to 70 free surgeries a week.
The race is open to the public and early registration, by Friday, Feb. 28, is $25. From March 1-31, registration is $30 and registration from April 1 to race day is $35. To encourage registration by groups, the club is offering campus and community groups the chance to enter a minimum five-person team for a minimum donation of $125 to have their organization's logo featured on the race T-shirt, which will be given to the runners who register by March 30 and volunteers from the clubs' 25 members.To register, visit www.runforhope.myevent.com. For more information, contact McKnight at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mace at email@example.com.
Light It Up Blue 5K
The Student Occupation Therapy Association, the Student Physical Therapy Association and the campus chapter of the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Organization are hosting their second annual Light It Up Blue 5K on Saturday, April 12, at Bisset Park as part of Autism Awareness Month.
The goal of the three groups is to surpass the almost $5,000 raised by more than 200 runners and 19 sponsors last year to promote autism awareness in the community. For more information, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.