April 18, 2013

Shade Tree Trot to be Saturday, April 20; plans made to recognize those affected by Boston bombings

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students hope hundreds of participants will come out to support their student-run free clinic at this year’s Shade Tree Trot on Saturday, April 20. Registration is now open for the 5K fun run/walk through the Vanderbilt campus.

But even if you can’t make it, students say this year there are other ways to give.

If you are unable to attend the race, you can register with the "sleep-in" option, so you don’t have to be present on race day, but you'll receive the official race t-shirt. Additionally, people can donate on the Shade Tree Clinic’s home page, according to Stessie Dort and Shyam Deshpande, second-year medical students who serve as co-directors for the Shade Tree Trot.

The event has grown over the years and now serves as the single largest source of funding for the day-to-day operating expenses of the clinic, which provides free primary care to uninsured patients in East Nashville. Last year's Trot raised more than $25,000.

"The money raised goes to support the purchasing of more than 200 medications, laboratory supplies, vaccines, transportation assistance and more, all of which are provided to our patients at no cost. Because our organization is managed and staffed by volunteers, every dollar raised is a dollar spent on services or interventions for our patients allowing us to serve as their true medical home," said Matthew Stier, one of the student directors of the Shade Tree Clinic.

The Clinic is entering its ninth year of service. More than 1,300 patients have received their primary care through the clinic, while at the same time, students and faculty work to train the next generation of providers from multiple health-related fields.

What: Shade Tree Trot 5K Fundraiser
When: Saturday April 20, starting at 8 a.m.
Where: starts at Dudley Field
Festivities: live performance by Soul Incision, family-friendly entertainment, activities for kids and more.

Register and find more info online

In addition, this letter detailing plans to recognize and pay tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings was written by the co-directors of the event:

Vanderbilt Medical Community,

Across the country, people are joining together to "Run for Boston." Here, in our own community, we have the opportunity to take a stand. We look forward to joining those already in motion on Saturday at the Shade Tree Trot 5k race/walk committed to "Overcoming barriers in stride." We hope that you will come and invite your friends and family to unite with us as we pay respects to those who lost their lives and show our support to those whose lives will forever be changed as a result of this tragic event.

We invite you to register to race, wear a golden ribbon on Saturday as a tribute to all those affected, join us for a moment of silence at the start line at 7:56 a.m. and/or share motivational comments on our race page.

Ribbons will be available at pre-race packet pick up in Light Hall, South Lobby on Friday, April 19, from 11-7 p.m. and at the registration table on Saturday, April 20, beginning at at 6:30 a.m. Please, note that online registration will close today (Thursday) at 4 p.m.

Please visit https://shadetreeclinic.org/trot/ for more information.


Shyam Deshpande and Stessie Dort

Shade Tree Trot Co-Directors