50:50 Campaign Spotlight: Ashley Debnam


Ashley attended a Mobile Clinic in Lima, Peru last month, and raised $2,345 through the 50:50 Campaign — enough to cover her Mobile Clinic expenses AND sponsor a community development project! Learn more about how she did it in the interview below:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a junior at the University of Delaware majoring in neuroscience and psychology.

How did you hear about MEDLIFE?
There’s a chapter on my campus; I also heard about it from friends who had gone and recommended it to me.

What made you decide to do the 50:50 Campaign?
The trip was expensive, between the flight and the trip fee. I have a lot of friends and family that want to participate and help me with my goal of becoming a doctor, so I thought it would be a good way for me to get to come here, and for them to be involved.

How did you do it?
I wrote a little information on the campaign page, and basically sent it to everyone I knew. Slowly, people started sending me money and sending me emails saying “Congratulations, this is going to be a great trip and we just donated to your campaign.” It was really nice to see how many people wanted to help me out.

What would you recommend to other people doing the 50:50 Campaign?
I would just send it to anyone you know. I sent emails to my family and friends, and put a link on my Facebook, and a lot of people clicked on it and donated through there. Some people might not be able to donate, but you may as well try, and even if they can’t, I think that people would like to see what you’re doing and read about MEDLIFE. It’lll just give everyone a little more information about the organization.

Now that you’re here in Lima, what are your impressions so far?
It’s good! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s great so far. The people here are very nice, everyone’s been really helpful.

What’s been your favorite part of the Mobile Clinic?
I think the tour was my favorite part, because in the clinics you only see a small area, but in the tour you get to see so much and learn so much about the communities. It was really interesting when we saw the first MEDLIFE water project, and I was amazed that the money I raised could be enough to provide clean water for an entire community. 


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.