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King University Knoxville Campus Nursing Students Host Hope for Haiti 5K Event

October 8, 2018

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 8, 2018 — A crowd of more than 100 runners gathered on Saturday, July 28, as the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students at King University’s Knoxville, Tennessee, campus hosted their first annual Hope for Haiti event.

Five MSN students — Courtney Bell Guider, Karen Rookard, Katie Link, Cady Moore and Chaney Graham Bass — were the driving force behind the 5K race, which raised $4,400 for Medic Samaritan, a Christ-centered, non-profit organization that supports the education of nurses and facilitates access to shelter, healthcare, education, and clean water within rural Haiti. The race was facilitated by Knoxville-based Endurance Sports Management.

“The Medic Samaritan program offers access to medical care for thousands of people who would otherwise not have it,” said Penelope Neal, Ph.D., CPNP, Medic Samaritan nursing coordinator and associate professor for the King University School of Nursing in Knoxville. “This kind of cross-cultural experience and time in the community serving others is something that’s closely aligned with King’s overall mission, and we’re proud to support Medic Samaritan.”

Proceeds from the event directly benefitted the organization’s Community Health Nurse Midwife program, which helps to educate and employ a cadre of community health nurse midwives who bring health care access to three remote villages in Haiti. The students’ efforts fully funded a year of nursing school tuition for one student.

Medic Samaritan enters into healthcare-concentrated endeavors that facilitate access to shelter, education and clean water within the rural mountainous communities of Beloc, Camatin, and Decouze, Haiti. Visit to learn more.

For more information about King University’s Master of Science in Nursing degree program, click here.
King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, click here. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia. King’s primary location in Virginia is Southwest Virginia Community College, 724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.

Photo Caption: Pictured, left to right: Karen Rookard, Katie Link, Chaney Graham Bass, Cady Moore and Courtney Bell Guider.