Each month, The University of Toledo CommunityCare Clinics help hundreds of uninsured and underserved patients in the area.This is no cheap feat. Each week the student-run clinics spend $200 to $300 on medications to help those in need. Just one inhaler for a person with asthma can cost around $40, which is the clinics’ largest medication expense.
It is for this reason that the UT CommunityCare Clinics and the UT College of Medicine American Medical Association Chapter will host their second annual 5k run/3k walk Saturday, April 5. The race, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., will take place on Health Science Campus.
“Our goal is to be able to help people who need it in the Toledo community,” said Dan Israel, race publicity coordinator for the CommunityCare Clinics and fifth-year pharmacy student. “The more people that know about us, the more people we can help.”
More than 150 runners participated in last year’s event, which raised more than $2,000 for the clinics. This year runners have the opportunity to win prizes from the Oasis Restaurant, Dave’s Running Shop and the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore.
The clinics began hosting this event last year after a move from Perrysburg to CedarCreek Church on South Byrne Street nearly doubled their patient numbers. The church houses the largest clinic offered by the group: the CommunityCare Free Medical Clinic at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
They also offer the Mildred Bayer Clinic for homeless individuals at 5:30 p.m. every other Tuesday in downtown Toledo and a mobile migrant worker clinic in the summer. For a full list of clinics and schedules, visit utcommunitycare.org/patients/clinics.
CommunityCare Clinics are run by medical, pharmacy, nursing, respiratory therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy students as well as physician assistants. These students are overseen by UT faculty members in their respective departments.
To register for $23 before April 5, visit utcommunitycare.org/race. Registration also will be available from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on location on race day for $25.
For more information or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.