“We aren’t all born to be doctors and nurses, but we were all born to be healers,” said Dr. Chuck Dietzen, the founder of Timmy Global Health. This statement rings true to members of Indiana State’s Timmy chapter as they hosted their largest fundraiser of the year on April 20 at the Student Recreation Center: a colorful Glow Run. All of the proceeds went to Timmy’s partner organization in Guangaje, Ecuador.
“We are hosting a one-mile fun run, a glow run for global health,” said Morgan Bowley, a junior business administration major and the co-vice president of fundraising for Timmy. “We had prizes donated for the top three runners and we were able to involve a lot of the Terre Haute and ISU community.”
The event was well-attended, even with the rainy weather earlier in the day. The group made $1,700 — well above their initial $500 goal. Timmy has the hope of raising over $6,000 this year. Other fundraising events so far include raking leaves, serving concessions and their annual winter banquet.
“All of the money raised goes to our partner organization in Guangaje, Ecuador,” said Courtney Natt, a junior biology major and Timmy’s international trip coordinator. Every year, up to 20 students of any major can travel to Ecuador to volunteer their times in rural communities as a part of the Timmy program. “I traveled last year and I am planning the 2018 trip. I recruit medical professionals and work to raise money and vitamin donations. … We have five days of clinic and go out to rural areas. We provide health care for those who wouldn’t normally access it. … I feel like I really was able to make an impact on the trip.”
In addition to the trip, Timmy hosts a variety of advocacy events around campus. These events have been open to both Timmy chapter members and the ISU campus community.
“We have hosted discussion modules, Timmy Trivia Nights and a documentary screening,” said Olivia Neese, a sophomore biology major and Timmy’s vice president of advocacy. “Advocacy events are important because they give chapter members and the ISU community a chance to come together and discuss global health disparities and what they can do about them.”
Timmy’s goal of educating about global healthcare appears to be effective, as many of the Glow Run and advocacy event participants are not members of Timmy.
“I learned about the event in class and decided to come because it sounded like fun,” said Jacinta DelaCruz, a senior pre-med student. “It’s for a great cause. I definitely support Timmy’s mission, even though I’m not a member.”
Lily Eubank, a junior accounting major, said, “I run myself and I support the cause so it just made sense to come.” DelaCruz and Eubank were just two of approximately 50 runners to run the one-mile course. Junior Michael Passmore, a senior exercise science major, ran the fastest, clocking a mile time of just over 5 minutes.
Timmy is now planning a domestic trip, which will take place in Nov. 2017. They will travel to Nashville, Tenn., and serve in a variety of locations over a four-day period. The ISU Timmy chapter is one of the five nationally that will take a domestic trip in 2017.
The organization will continue to reach out into the community and beyond to spread its message. As Dietzen once said, “Be ordinary. But have an extraordinary mission.” This is just what members of Timmy Global Health at ISU are trying to do.