Alexis Gonazalez's Marathon Fundraiser
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Alexis is running 26.2 miles on July 9 to raise $1,000 for the construction of the new Trinidad School of Nursing.

Read a message from Alexis,

The combined lack of educational opportunities and access to healthcare in rural communities continues to perpetuate health disparities. The lack of transportation infrastructure that would allow rural communities access to major cities poses a significant barrier for community members in pursuit of educational opportunities given that most universities are confined to cities. Those seeking to make an impact on the health of their community are provided with limited opportunities to enter the health care system given the high opportunity cost. In order for them to enter the health care industry, they must allocate the majority of their time to schooling, which impedes their ability to work and provide their own basic needs. The Trinidad School of Nursing seeks to address these challenges.

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The Trinidad School of Nursing is a three-year auxiliary program in Trinidad, Honduras that opened in February 2018, enrolling 30 students in its first cohort. The school's robust curriculum equips our students with both the technical skills and community health training that will allow graduates to treat communities in rural Honduras. The tuition-free program allows community members access to an education that will provide opportunities to enter the health care system and combat the shortage of health care workers in these rural communities. The Trinidad School of Nursing strives to alleviate health disparities by increasing opportunities for residents of Trinidad, improve health care in the region, and create a more sustainable health care system in Honduras by increasing the capacity of Trinidad to provide local health care workers into the community.

Today, I am asking for your support and challenging you in helping me fundraise $1,000 for the Trinidad School of Nursing. This amount will go towards the construction the Trinidad School of Nursing. Your donation will go to work immediately as we continue build our classrooms. In return, I will challenge myself and run a self-supported course of 26.2 Miles on the lakefront of Chicago, Illinois that will run through the neighborhoods of Park West, Lincoln Park, Mid-North District, Old Town, Gold Coast, Streeterville, and South Loop on July 9th, 2021. I have chosen to run the 26.2 miles in my hometown of Chicago as a tribute to the great city that has nurtured me before I move to Boston this fall to start medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine.
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As a novice runner, marathon running has proven to be challenging yet rewarding and continues to allow me to combine my passion of serving others with fitness. I have chosen to complete a marathon fundraiser because the important lessons I have learned while running marathons have provided me with added perspective on how to implement systemic change in health care. Similar to running a marathon, alleviating health disparities and improving health care require hard work, dedication, patience, and resilience. With this in mind, we can continue to strive against health disparities and remain hopeful that creating a more sustainable health care system is near on our horizon.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your support. I hope that you and your loved ones are staying well! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions at agonz1777@gmail.com.

 

Sincerely,

Alexis Gonzalez