This year, several notable Florida State medical organizations are teaming up to host a 5K race to help construct a water pylon in a Peruvian community. With this pylon, the families living in the community 15A-1 would be able to stop paying their neighbors $3 per hour for water and finally have their own access. The main sponsor of the race is Florida State’s MEDLIFE Health chapter, which strives to provide equal access of education, medicine and development to families with low income in different places around the world.
Courtesy: MEDLIFE Health at FSU
MEDLIFE stands beside families to help them achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty. They are teams who are devoted to help improve poor communities by providing them with access to MEDs, which stand for medicine, education and community development. The MEDLIFE members believe that healthcare is a basic human right and they are committed to directly affect people living in Peru, Ecuador and Tanzania. One of the ways the MEDLIFE staff helps people in these poor areas is through mobile clinics. These clinics are set up to provide medical resources to aid the communities who lack a health care infrastructure. Such services that the mobile clinics provide are specialized OB/GYN and pediatric care. They also have laboratory stations where doctors in the field can instantly give results to patients to speed up recoveries. MEDLIFE works with local physicians in order to work side-by-side with patients to ensure culturally sensitive care.
The Florida State MEDLIFE Health works closely with MEDLIFE in order to accomplish some of the goals set out to help the poor communities in these global cities. They are one of the largest chapters in the country. Not only are they helping the communities in the global cities, but they are also focused on bringing medicine and knowledge to the Tallahassee community.
On Saturday November 7th, you can do your part to help support global health by participating in this run. If you are interested in helping, there are many ways to get involved. You can volunteer for the race by filling out a volunteer application online. If you want to run or walk in the 5K, register online to secure a spot. The race starts at 9 a.m. and will begin at the Integration Statue then proceed toward the College of Medicine. Mile markers will guide the race so runners will know where to run. Two water stations will also be set up throughout the race.
The first three male and female runners will receive prizes. The theme for the race is “dynamic duo," which means you should come with a partner dressed as your favorite dynamic duo! Pre-registration for the race ends October 31st and the cost is $15. Registration will continue on the day of the race for $20 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Integration Statue on campus near the bookstore. You can also make a monetary donation online to help bring a community in Peru a clean water source.
Click here to register for the race and find out more information about the communities in which the MEDLIFE team donates to help provide the Peruvian community with a water pylon.