Medical students from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso will host two weekend events to benefit the Medical Student Run Clinic (MSRC) located in the Sparks community in far east El Paso County.
The MSRC provides free medical services to the underserved community.
“We’re doing a Sparks weekend,” said Liliana Bonilla, a second-year medical student and a member of the student leadership team at the MSRC. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, and all the proceeds go to a great cause. The clinic runs on grants and fundraising, so participating in these events helps provide health services to the Sparks community.”
Started in 2013 by Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students, the MSRC operates twice a month on Tuesday evenings.
The MSRC provides free primary health care screenings, such as diagnostics, blood work and patient education. Run entirely by students with faculty oversight, the clinic not only benefits the Sparks community, but gives students real-life opportunities to hone their medical and Spanish-language skills.
On Saturday, the Hearts for Sparks Golf Tournament moves to Topgolf El Paso for the first time. Six-person teams will battle for prizes in front of a crowd of leaders, volunteers, and faculty from the MSRC, as well as other physicians from the El Paso area. Participants can register at Online.
On Sunday, the Sprint for Sparks 5K Fun Run will take place along Scenic Drive. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Newman Park. Participants can register via this link.
What: Hearts for Sparks Golf Tournament
When: 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
Where: Topgolf El Paso, 365 Vin Rambla Drive
What: Sprint for Sparks 5K Fun Run
When: 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28
Where: Newman Park, 2212 Alabama Street