March 18, 2010

The Shade Tree Trot, Annual 5k Charity Race Benefiting The Shade Tree Clinic

The Shade Tree Trot, Annual 5k Charity Race benefiting the Shade Tree Clinic

Sponspored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Advisory College Program

May 1
11 a.m., beginning at Vanderbilt football stadium
Course runs through the scenic Vanderbilt campus
Registration: $20 for students and $25 for all others
Free T-shirt with registration

On Saturday, May 1, hundreds of Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff, along with Nashville residents, will participate in a 5K run through Vanderbilt University to support the Shade Tree Clinic. The Trot culminates a yearly fundraising efforts to provide financial support for Shade Tree's growing operating expenses and aims to raise awareness of the clinic throughout the community.

The Shade Tree Family Clinic is operated by medical students under the supervision of Vanderbilt physicians. It provides high-quality, compassionate health care free of cost to more than 1,300 patients, with volume increasing every year and yearly expenses approaching $150,000. The clinic has traditionally relied on a combination of grants and private donors to maintain its operating budget, it is essential that support from the greater Nashville community expands to guarantee continued care for the people who rely on the clinic.

The inaugural Trot last spring brought together more than 300 participants and raised more than $30,000. With your help, we expect this year's event to rally hundreds more runners and financial supporters to our worthy cause. Please let me know if you would be interested in working with us in raising awareness of the Shade Tree Trot 5K in the Nashville community.