Four Downstate second-year students will run the 2015 TCS New York Marathon November 1 to raise money for the Brooklyn Free Clinic.
Daniel Burack, Kenny Chao, Emmy Coleman and Cole Murphy-Hockett, all from the Class of 2018, will run 26.2 miles through New York’s five boroughs for Brooklyn’s uninsured.
The student-run clinic provides primary care, screenings and education for the uninsured. The services are funded by grants and alumni donations, exclusively.
Daniel Burack, from New Rochelle, has run two half-marathons, including the 2015 Brooklyn half, but this will be his first marathon. He’s looking forward to the challenge, and proud to run on behalf of the clinic.
“It’s a phenomenal organization, a sort of clinical oasis in which everyone I’ve met is singularly dedicated to improving the lives of others through effective and conscientious medical care,” Daniel said. “I personally have been involved with RISE, a screening organization which provides counseling and free HIV and Hepatitis C testing. It’s been an unbelievable experience thus far, and I’ve been able to develop a sort of kinship with patients through interviews and powerful conversations.”
The TCS New York Marathon guarantees entry to runners running for charity, and publicizes a link to the charity site. Runners, however, are responsible to meet their own fundraising pledges of at least $2,500.
The Brooklyn Free Clinic is staffed by volunteers, students and physicians from the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, College of Health Related Professions, College of Nursing and School of Public Health.
Alumni donations support scholarships, help students travel to conferences, fund the annual White Coat Ceremony and other projects, in addition to the Brooklyn Free Clinic.