Medical student raising money for humanitarian trip

DOWNEY – Jane Kim, a former long-time resident of Downey and Warren High School class of 2004 graduate, is currently a first-year medical student at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz. She will be volunteering with a medical mission to Guatemala this summer, providing much-needed medical supplies and healthcare to underserved and impoverished residents in Escuintla (population 68,000).

The cost of the trip, per student volunteer, is $2,000 and she needs help in raising those funds.

“This June, I plan on volunteering with a medical mission in Guatemala with other medical students and doctors,” Kim wrote on a GoFundMe page she created. “We will be offering medical supplies and healthcare to underserved patients in Escuintla, and this would also be an excellent opportunity for me to practice what I have learned in my first year of medical school.

“In order to make this work, I am asking for sponsors and donations to help fund this trip! The cost per student is roughly $2000, and I would greatly appreciate any financial help I could get (as tuition is high and my income is non-existent). The cost breakdown is: $700 for the roundtrip flight, $700 for the mission fee and application (which covers lodging and donatable medical supplies) and an additional $600 to cover miscellaneous travel expenses such as food, transportation, vaccinations, and insurance.

“Any additional money raised will be used to fund a second medical mission in Peru.”

To make a donation, go to A link is also posted on the Patriot’s Facebook page.



Published: April 9, 2015 - Volume 13 - Issue 52