The $1 Tour for the MEDLIFE Fund

30-1What can you accomplish by asking someone for $1? If you asked only one person, maybe not a whole lot — you might be able to buy yourself one third of a Starbucks small coffee, or travel half a block in a New York City taxi.

But what if you collected $1 bills for six straight weeks, across sixteen states? How much money could you collect? And, more importantly, what could you accomplish with all those $1 bills?

Two MEDLIFE employees want to find out. This Fall, Tommy Flint and Joe Tylutki will be traveling up and down the East Coast giving presentations at current MEDLIFE Student Chapters, trying to start chapters in new schools, and raising general awareness of MEDLIFE. Along the way, they’ll be collecting $1 bills — at gas stations, on college campuses, on busy street corners, and anywhere someone might be willing to lend them a buck — to support a MEDLIFE Fund community development project.

What project will the money go towards? It depends on how much they collect. $400 will mean a staircase construction project for residents of the rocky hillsides of Pamplona, Peru. $1,200 is enough to construct a new, hygienic bathroom for schools like this one in Ecuador. And what if they bring $10,000 to Latin America? That could mean a medical clinic for over 20,000 people living in an urban slum of Lima, Peru.

Help support Joe and Tommy’s ‘$1 tour’ and help bring aid to poor communities in Latin America! If you attend a school on the East Coast, make sure your local MEDLIFE Chapter is hosting a presentation on the tour. If your school doesn’t have a MEDLIFE Chapter, you can jump start one by inviting Joe and Tommy for a visit — just send them an email at [email protected] and [email protected].

Check out Joe and Tommy’s campaign page to donate to the ‘$1 tour’ or monitor their progress as they make their way down and back up the East Coast.

With the MEDLIFE Fund, all public fundraising, such as the money brought in by Joe and Tommy this Fall, goes 100% towards community development projects. You can start your own fundraising campaign with myMEDLIFE by signing in here!



Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.