BENEFITING: SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jul 20, 2013
As some of you may or may not know, I just started a new job as a Lab Assistant at the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute's Surgical Training Facility at UCSF/SF General Hospital. I have recently become familiar with a program that was founded a couple years ago by my boss and some of his colleagues called the Junior Academy.
The Junior Academy is a 9 week summer program for high school and college students designed to expose them to healthcare-based careers. They are given the opportunity to participate in job shadowing, hands-on volunteering, professional development, case studies, laboratory training, and anatomy lab & lecture. From what I understand, students are predominantly chosen from schools located in lower income or at risk areas, in areas where young people might not see much of a future for themselves. This program not only engages them hands-on in the medical atmosphere, but teaches them valuable lessons. However, the program almost had to close this year due to funding, so that's what we need your help!
Why am I doing this? I received an email from my boss that he was raising money in the same fashion that I am, running, except his is running two back-to-back marathons, 52.4 miles, to raise money for the Junior Academy. If that's not passion, I don't know what is! I had already signed up for my second half-marathon that I will be doing in Santa Barbara on July 20th, so I thought, why not make it for a cause?! I have run one other half marathon, and two Tough Mudder's, but have never run to raise money. Running for a cause makes it "worth the hurt" as they say.
What you can do: Please donate to this cause. Spread the word, pass on the link. My goal is $1000, but surpassing that goal would mean a lot to this program and it's ability to continue giving hopes and goals to young people and their futures. Be it $10, $25, $50, $100 or even more would bring a smile to my face! I know a lot of you may be starving students or recent grads paying back student loans (in the same boat!), so any little bit helps!! But it won't hurt to tell your parents about it ;)