Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine plans 5K benefit race
Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine invites participants to register for its second annual 5K Run, Walk or Roll for Healthcare. The race is scheduled for in-person participation on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Clackamas Community College's Oregon City Campus near Clairmont Hall.
The race is open to participants of all abilities and ages and has a virtual option so participants from across the country can run, walk or roll the 5K.
The event costs $35 per person, and participants receive a free T-shirt with registration. Proceeds will benefit Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine, a free medical clinic in Oregon City dedicated to serving the health needs of underserved, uninsured and underinsured communities in Clackamas County through the dedicated work of medical and community volunteers.
CVIM Executive Director Martha Spiers said participants also could create a Facebook page "to encourage family and friends to support their participation," adding that she participates in the race and has had success fundraising through Facebook.
"All of our services are volunteer driven. We have many retired physicians and nurses, and others who are beginning health care careers and/or in the process of applying to medical school," Spiers said. "In fact, over the past seven years, 19 of our volunteers have successfully gone on to medical school after building meaningful mentor relationships with the more seasoned professionals.
"We don't charge fees or bill insurance," she added. "Our patients are low-income adults without access to affordable health care or health insurance. We are entirely community supported.
"Most typically they are supporting families and holding down one or two low-wage jobs," she said, adding that diabetes and hypertension are the most prevalent diagnoses.
"It's a great clinic," Spiers said. "Our patients often have gone for years without health care and are so appreciative of the care that they receive from our volunteers. It's very rewarding work."
To register for the race, click here. To learn more about CVIM, visit clackamasvim.org.
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