WHEELING, W.VA., March 22, 2017 -- A new student club at Wheeling Jesuit University will host a 5K race in April to raise funds for two service projects they are sponsoring in Peru.
The WJU MEDLIFE Club is a local chapter of MEDLIFE, which stands for Medicine, Education and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere. MEDLIFE is an international service club that helps families achieve greater freedom from poverty by empowering them to live healthier lives.
Wheeling Jesuit's club is hosting MEDLIFE's Race to Peru 5K on campus Sunday, April 2. The race will begin on Donahue Lawn at 1:30 p.m. Registration will begin at noon. The cost is $25 in advance and $35 the day of the race. The race is open to all area runners.
Students Devyn Nickerson, Curtis Perz, Allie Cook, and Austin Ebert are organizing the event, which will support WJU students' medical service trip to Peru and help build a home for a family in Peru.
“Seventy percent of the money we raise go support WJU students who will be traveling to Peru to do medical and educational service in Lima in August. The rest will provide support to MEDLIFE to help build a home for a mother suffering from extreme medical issues and her nine-year-old daughter,” said Nickerson, a junior nursing student form Wheeling.
The group was started to give students in medical disciplines - nursing, respiratory therapy, pre-med and pre-dentistry - the opportunity to do service that incorporates their medical training.
The students will be working alongside professionals in Peru to host a mobile medical clinic that will include doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and obstetricians. In addition to medicine, education and development are main focuses in order to build a strong infrastructure in underprivileged communities.
Locally, the WJU MEDLIFE Club is working with Project Hope. Each week, WJU club members work with Project Hope to provide medical outreach to the homeless in the Wheeling area.
“Students go out on rounds with medical professionals to speak with the homeless, pass out food and clothing and learn from the dedicated medical professionals that are motivated to make a difference in our community,” she added.
To register for WJU's MEDLIFE Race to Peru 5K go to https://www.raceentry.com/races/medlife-race-to-peru/2017/register. For more information about the race or the service projects, contact Nickerson at 304-312-5793
PHOTO CUTLINE: WJU MEDLIFE Club members make final preparations for their April 2 5K run. Shown are Club President, Devyn Nickerson; Board Member Austin Ebert; Vice President Curtis Perz; and Board Member Allie Cook.