Live Beyond: Texas A&M Recognized for Philanthropic Efforts in Haiti at the 4th Annual Classy Awards

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On Saturday, September 22, 2012, thousands of non-profit and social enterprise leaders from around the country convened in San Diego for the 4th Annual Classy Awards, the largest philanthropic award ceremony in the country. Over the last six months, hundreds of thousands of nominations and votes were cast online and the CLASSY Awards Leadership Council selected their favorites. Live Beyond: Texas A&M, a university chapter of Nashville-based Mobile Medical Disaster Relief, was selected as the South Region Winner in the Most Influential College Student or Organization category.

Live Beyond: Texas A&M at the CLASSY Awards

Our response was to get organized and get to work

Live Beyond: Texas A&M was created after a group of college students returned from the poverty stricken country of Haiti. “After being heart broken by the devastation, we knew that we had to make a difference in the lives of the Haitians”, stated founding member John Mark Vanderpool. “Our response was to get organized and get to work. We banded together under the name Live Beyond, and chose to support our philanthropy, Mobile Medical Disaster Relief. Since our inauguration, we have ventured to Haiti four separate times.”

The work includes; medical clinic staffing and support, food program development, nutritional assessment research, educational initiatives and grounds improvements for the Children of Hope Orphanage, a house construction project for a homeless widow, and site prep for construction of the Live Beyond Base in Thomazeau, Haiti. Later this month, Live Beyond: Texas A&M will host a fundraiser featuring legendary football coach Gene Stallings. Visit to learn more.

Mobile Medical Disaster Relief (watch the video) provides medical care, clean water, nutritional support and micro finance solutions to the developing world after natural and man made disasters. MMDR has broken ground on the Live Beyond Base that will house a surgical hospital, orphanage, secondary school, and vocational training center to fulfill the unmet needs of this region of 180,000 residents. Dr. David Vanderpool's practice, LAVE MD, has primarily funded MMDR since inception in 2005.

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