November 3, 2011 10:37 am

50:50 Campaign Spotlight: Emily Regan

Written by Lindsay Bigda

46-1Campaign Spotlight: 50:50 Campaign (Lima Mobile Clinic)
Student
: Emily Regan
School
: Bates College
Fundraising Goal
: $1,359
Amount Raised
: $535


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The 50:50 Campaign is MEDLIFE's online fundraising tool that allows students to raise money towards their participation fees and travel grants. Bates student Emily Regan shares her experience fundraising with our 50:50 Campaign:

Tell us a bit about your background, and how you got involved in MEDLIFE.

I'm from Milton, MA and I got involved in MEDLIFE about two months ago. I went to one of the informational meetings at Bates College and found it very interesting and wanted to be part of the program. At the meeting, executive board members gave an introductory presentation about MEDLIFE to about 10-15 newly interested students. I found out about the 50:50 fundraising campaign at this meeting, and just thought it sounded like the best way to quickly raise the money for my Mobile Clinic.

Do you have a fundraising idea or theme? How did you choose it?

For the past 3 years I've worked with the Avon walk for breast cancer and raised $2,000 each year. With my past Avon walks I have also worked with local sponsors, organized bake sales and participated in similar fundraising activities within my neighborhood. Through these experiences I built up a network of contacts, and I'm relying on this same network to raise money for my participation fee. I've found that soliciting donations form established networks is what works best for me.

How have you managed to be successful getting the word out? Do you have any advice for other students?

I know a lot of my friends who fundraise with me are very afraid to ask people for money. If you are clear and rational about what your goals are, and just explain how the money goes towards a good cause, most people are inclined to donate.

46-2"My advice is not to be afraid or shy. Be motivated, excited, and confident about what you're doing and how the money will be used to help others, because that will really come through in your request.
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What drives you to continue raising funds for MEDLIFE?

I am planning on being a nurse or nurse practitioner and love helping people, and have never had an opportunity like this before. The MEDLIFE video and informational meeting piqued my interest more than anything, and I really liked that it is a service organization linked to medicine. I'm really excited to have the opportunity to work in Latin American, and am interested in joining the Peace Corps. (or similiar program) when I graduate.

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 Disclaimer: In accordance with United States tax law and regulations, a donation to the MEDLIFE Project Fund is 100% tax-deductible by the person making the donation. However, only 50% of a donation given to the 50:50 campaign (i.e., the portion that goes towards MEDLIFE's General Mission Fund) is tax-deductible for the person making the donation. The portion of a donation that reduces a student's cost of participating in a mobile clinic is not tax-deductible. If donors have general questions about whether or not donations to MEDLIFE are tax–deductible, they can call MEDLIFE'S U.S.-based office at 207-433-0780. However, specific questions about the deductibility of contributions should be directed to a donor's qualified tax advisor.

September 30, 2011 4:42 pm

Some Students Just Can't Get Enough!

Written by Lindsay Bigda

This week, MEDLIFE was very fortunate to have one more pair of hands helping out with our stair construction project. Binghamton University student Matt Caemmerer took a few days out of his South America vacation to help MEDLIFE build and paint stairs with the community of Santa Cruz. Matt first became involved with MEDLIFE three years ago by attending a Mobile Clinic in Tena, Ecuador. Since then, he has gone on two more Mobile Clinics -- coming to Lima, Peru, and returning for a second time to Tena, Ecuador. We'd like to thank Matt for returning for a fourth stint with MEDLIFE, for his willingness to help in any way possible during his few weeks in Lima, and, of course, for the brute strength which allowed him to carry heavy construction materials up the steep hills of Pamplona.

We plan to inaugurate this set of stairs with the community this coming Sunday. Meanwhile, here are a few highlights from today's day of finishing the stair project:

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August 29, 2011 4:00 pm

Student Spotlight: Nathan Anderson

Written by Joe Tylutki

School: University of Pennsylvania, class of 2011

What Nate's up to now: Currently Nate is serving for Teach for America. With his free time, Nate tries to keep up with all things MEDLIFE and continue to help out when needed.

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Experience with MEDLIFE:

  • MEDLIFE 2010 Summer Intern: Based out of Lima, Peru, Nate immediately immersed himself in MEDLIFE's mission and the Latin culture. Nate split his time between working on new chapter development in the United States, and helping our MEDVIDA staff extend healthcare services and deliver infrastructural development projects to families and individuals living in the urban slums (or "pueblos jovenes") that surround Lima. Together with community members, the MEDVIDA staff, and fellow summer interns, Nate was part of the first-ever MEDLIFE Fund development project in Peru, which consisted of constructing two sets of staircases for families living on muddy hillsides.

  • Expansion Team member 2010-2011: After Nate finished his summer internship with MEDLIFE, he continued to help the communities in need by becoming a valuable contributor to the Expansion Team. As a MEDLIFE Expansion Team member, Nate worked alongside motivated individuals from various universities to assist them in the process of founding a new chapter. This process involves hosting an official MEDLIFE presentation for interested students, arranging a MEDLIFE fundraiser, and coordinating the school's first Mobile Clinic. With Nate's enthusiasm, he has helped students from University of Washington, UCLA, University of Maryland, and MIT found MEDLIFE Chapters. Nate's dedication to MEDLIFE has been directly responsible for the positive results achieved by those chapters.

  • Accomplishments: Nate recruited 43 students to participate in a MEDLIFE Mobile Clinic this past year. Through his service as an undergraduate student, Nate was responsible for delivering care to over 1,200 patients on Mobile Clinics, and almost $4,000 raised for MEDLIFE Fund development projects!

Thanks for all your help, Nathan, and best of luck in the future!

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