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Unloading a ton of baggage

2:06 PM  Jan 3rd, 2013
by Shannon Shelton Miller

Thirty-five students will soon leave the snow and 20-degree temperatures of Dayton behind to head south to Panama, where the forecast calls for sunny skies and highs in the mid-90s all next week.

This isn’t a trip for rest, relaxation and sunbathing though. The students, sponsored by the University’s office of pre-medical programs and campus ministry, are participating in a Winter BreakOut service trip. Upon their arrival Saturday, Jan. 5, they’ll be working in clinics shadowing doctors, assisting with basic functions and conducting workshops on preventative healthcare.

Also sponsoring the six-day trip are Miami Valley Hospital and doctors Tom and Marylynn Herchline. Local organizations, businesses, churches and medical practices donated medical supplies for the journey.

If you’re driving around campus early Saturday morning, you’ll probably be able to find the group. The students will be the ones loading heavy suitcases — about 50 pounds each — into their vehicles in the circle behind the Science Center, along with the personal luggage they’ll take to the airport. The big suitcases contain all of the medical supplies they’ll leave behind in Panama as part of their mission.

Other groups of students will be participating in Winter BreakOuts next week, serving in places as far as Ecuador and El Salvador and as close as Chicago, Bloomington, Ind., and East St. Louis, Ill.

4 Responses to Unloading a ton of baggage

  1. Peter says:

    To whom it may concern,

    I’m a current UD biology student and was wondering if their are any other trips like this. I was reading about the purpose and goal of the trip and it and it sounds incredible! I hope to get involved in a mission trip like this if at all possible. If you wish to contact me you can email or call me on my cell 1-630-901-4488.

    Thanks again,
    Peter Krzywosz

  2. Shannon Shelton Miller says:

    Hi Peter. You can find information on mission trips here. These trips take place all year.

    http://www.udayton.edu/ministry/csc/service_trips/breakouts.php

    • Too bad I received this news notice so late. I am a Dayton alumni close friend to health authorities in Panama. It would have been nice to take advantage of this opportunity to do some PR work for your program. I suggest next time you try to search for Alumni living or from overseas to enhance the program in whatever endeavor it may be. Regards

  3. Shannon Shelton Miller says:

    Alejandro,

    Thank you for your note. I will pass on your information to the program director and hopefully someone can reach out to you for assistance if the Panama Winter BreakOut trip takes place again. We appreciate you bringing your interest to our attention, and thank you for reading.

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