Union University Women’s Basketball Team Takes Offseason Conditioning to a new Level by Volunteering with Nashville-based Mobile Medical Disaster Relief in Haiti

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The Union University Women’s Basketball team spent a week in August working with Mobile Medical Disaster Relief (http://www.mmdr.org) in Thomazeau, Haiti conducting mobile medical clinics, feeding the hungry, and working with orphans in need of care.

Paige Parker with her hands full in the mobile medical clinic in Haiti

A great opportunity to exercise our faith in serving others

The four time NAIA national champion Lady Bulldogs embarked on a unique road trip of sorts to Thomazeau, a community on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "It was an ideal time to broaden our perspective and a great opportunity to exercise our faith in serving others”, stated coach Mark Campbell. “Eighty percent of the team had never travelled abroad and we all embraced the idea that helping others is our primary responsibility if we are living our faith.”

“I was blown away by the Lady Bulldogs and their ability to hit the ground running in what others might see as difficult circumstances,” said Dr. David Vanderpool, CEO of Mobile Medical Disaster Relief. “Hopefully this experience will draw them closer together and build on their belief that faith should be put into action.” The team conducted four mobile clinics during the week impacting over 800 patients while distributing food bags that provide a month of nutritional support where many families are suffering from severe malnutrition.

Mobile Medical Disaster Relief provides medical care, clean water, nutritional support and micro finance solutions to the developing world after natural and man made disasters. Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, MMDR has conducted over 30 missions during the initial relief efforts as well as on-going support. 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 community of 180,000 residents. Dr. Vanderpool's practice, LAVE MD, http://www.lavemd.com, has primarily funded MMDR since inception in 2005. Check out the Lady Bulldogs video from Haiti.

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