Jonathan Weyerbacher via Crowdrise
August 08, 2011
BENEFITING: Indiana University Foundation
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2011
I'm raising money for the IU-Kenya/AMPATH partnership. This is an organization that not only assists with the care of people in all of Western Kenya but also teams with several other Universities to develop the principles for establishing methods of successful access to healthcare in the international setting. In fact, AMPATH stands for Academic Model Providing Access To Healthcare.
I was granted the opportunity to travel Eldoret, Kenya between my 1st and 2nd year of medical school and see how Indiana, Brown, Duke, Toronto, and Utah's School's of Medicine partner with Moi University of Kenya to establish the 2nd referral hospital and medical school in a country of 39 million people. It was impressive the way this partnership is tackling the many needs of the Kenyan people by using the resources of medical, dental, public health, business, law, and computer programming professionals and students. This breadth of knowledge allows this organization to find solutions to any problems which may impede their way. AMPATH is a leader in the fight against the AIDS epidemic but they also long ago realized the need to find solutions to other problems in order to fully treat the needs of people in the area.
The reason I want to raise money for this organization is not simply because of the knowledge this organization creates for international organizations all over the world but for the no quit attitude that everyone in this organization exudes. I saw people putting together programs and providing treatments using their own funds. The idea was action first, figure out the funding situation later. I want to help create funds that maintains this attitude and helps continue to develop opportunities for the people of Western Kenya.
One thing I enjoyed while in Kenya was early morning runs along the red-dirt roads that cut their way through the Kenyan countryside. Even if I wasn't running with a classmate, I often found myself with a Kenyan running effortlessly alongside me. Even children would tag along yelling, "Mzungu! Mzungu!" to keep my spirits high. This is why I've decided to raise money by doing one of the things Kenyans are famous for, long distance running, by running the Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2011. I hope that you will help support my cause and a great organization.