Clarkson University Without Borders students raise $ 18,000 from haunted infirmary for medical service trip to Nicaragua
Clarkson University‘s Students Without Borders (SWOB) organization hails its seventh annual Haunted Infirmary as a major success.
With the support of Clarkson Provost Robyn Hannigan, Dean of the Lewis School of Health Sciences Dean Lennart Johns, and faculty and staff in the Medical Assistant Studies Department, SWOB raised $ 18,000 to fund his medical service trip scheduled for Nicaragua in March 2022.
“The event transformed what had been hours earlier a medical education space at the Lewis School of Health Sciences in downtown Clarkson Hall into a thrilling, adrenaline-fueled and hair-raising encounter with the Stuff of Nightmares – Jack and Wendy Torrance; the Grady twins; Carrie; Pennywise the Clown, and more, ”said Katharine Matthis, MPAS, PA-C, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Medical Assistant Studies Program at Clarkson and Advisor to SWOB. “Out of sheer determination and willpower, despite four exams the week before, the didactics (S1) students intimidated, agitated and alarmed around 1,200 haunted house customers, and had fun at the same time!
On previous trips, SWOB has partnered with a non-governmental organization called Los Rayos de Esperanza in Diriomo, Nicaragua, to provide care to the surrounding medically underserved communities known as “pueblos blancos”.
Clarkson plans to send 40 people on a trip in 2022. SWOB members fundraise year-round to cover tutors’ fees, forms and medical supplies, and to help defer their own travel expenses. SWOB purchases most of the supplies in the country to further stimulate the local economy, streamline travel and improve efficiency at customs / border posts.
“SWOB’s ultimate goal is to create long-lasting, active, multi-faceted and multi-level relationships between Clarkson University and Los Rayos / los pueblos blancos,” said Matthis. “Most of the people in these communities have not received medical attention since our last trip in March 2019, so we can’t wait to come back!