Run honors late local nurse, raises funds for Haiti relief
August 30, 2011
The ongoing relief effort in earthquake-stricken Haiti is the backdrop for dual events to honor a local man’s sacrifice on a medical mission to the Caribbean nation.
Matthew Bouthillier, a nurse at the former Swedish Medical Center freestanding emergency room near Lake Sammamish and a Renton resident, died suddenly after a heart attack during a relief mission to Port-au-Prince in March 2010.
Now, family members and Medical Teams International, a Christian global health organization, have organized The BIG Run, a 5K run-walk, and a multimedia exhibit to celebrate Bouthillier’s life and international aid Sept. 10.
Melissa Bouthillier established The BIG Run to honor her late husband and to raise money to support the ongoing Medical Teams International effort in Haiti.
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The BIG Run and REAL. LIFE. Exhibit opening
Following the start of the run is the opening of the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit, a walk-through, multisensory experience to educate people about how children live in areas impacted by disaster, conflict and poverty.
Medical Teams International’s Mike and Kathy Holmgren Center in Redmond is the site for The BIG Run and the exhibit opening.
“We are thrilled to host The BIG Run in Matt’s honor, and to also share this brand new exhibit with the community on this exciting, event-filled day,” Jim Mhoon, Medical Teams International executive director, said in a statement. “The REAL. LIFE. Exhibit, sponsored by the Hasselbeck family, will spark a flame of compassion, empathy and action in the hearts of people concerned with global health and well-being.”
The exhibit also highlights the hope Medical Teams International provides to people in need by displaying before-and-after scenes of places and people.
Visitors can also tour the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental vans used by volunteer dental professionals to provide free dental care to needy people throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The organization is based in Tigard, Ore., and operates satellite offices in Redmond, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington, D.C.
Medical Teams International’s local humanitarian aid program accepts, sorts and redistributes medical supplies in the United States and internationally to other agencies sharing the same mission. Since 1986, the organization has shipped $1.5 billion in medical supplies and sent more than 2,100 volunteer teams to more than 100 countries.