Manna's fourth annual 5K is officially scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 18th! The 5K is an incredible event that involves the community members of Cedro Galán as agents of change in their community. All funds raised from the event will go directly towards our Cedro Galán medical clinic, the community’s main primary care facility.
This year, we aim to have over 300 participants run and walk in the event to raise a total of $8,000. To do this, we have enlisted the help of community team leaders. Team leaders are volunteers from Cedro Galán who have chosen to rally their community to participate in the race. These leaders are passionate about creating a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families. The team leaders for 2017 are Lupe, Martha, Flor, Gabriela, Milagro, Lisseth, Emerita, and Paola. Their commitment to the 5K and raising funds for their community clinic is unmatched. These women are not only spreading the word about the big event, they are participating in a 6-week boot camp to prepare for their own participation in the race! Meet our team leaders, hear their stories below, and support their efforts by reading below!
"The clinic is important because it is the only place in the area people can receive medical attention and support that is affordable. The connection the clinic has with USF is important and unique - the brigade offers ample opportunities for the community. Furthermore, the clinic's Chronic Patient Program addresses a really big need in the community. It is big work that I am so thankful Manna takes on."
"The health clinic is important for Cedro Galán because it is affordable, while all other good care is expensive. The clinic's proximity is what makes it really convenient and beneficial for the community."
"I am so passionate about our clinic. Cedro Galán is a community with people living in poverty who cannot afford healthcare. The 20 cordoba (70 cent) price per consultation is super important because it also includes medicine, which most people cannot afford, even if they have a diagnosis. Our doctors and nurses have strong and reliable relationships with the patients of the clinic."
"We believe that the clinic helps a lot of people who do not have the resources or insurance to go to other clinics, which are expensive. The doctors at our clinic are super attentive to patients and make a huge difference."
"The clinic is a place for the community. It is a place where the community receives the attention it needs and deserves. It is truly special that we have a Chronic Patient Program, which is inexpensive and does not require insurance."
"The clinic is so, so important to this community. Along with helping those in the community who need health care, the clinic is a place to learn and know the people. I work as one of Manna's health-focused students in training and the clinic provides me with people to talk to and learn from for my future."
"The clinic is important because it is in close proximity, so no one has to travel far distances to a hospital. Also, it is extremely helpful that people can get the medicine they need on-site and included in the small fee."
"The clinic is important because of its rapid and attentive care. I believe that many people would not be able to afford healthcare otherwise."