A Legacy of Christ-Centered Care for the Underserved
A ministry born in a classroom
The story of GraceMed is rooted in compassion, the capacity of a community to transform its future by caring for the most vulnerable in its midst. In 1977, a public health crisis loomed as growing numbers of Hispanic women began showing up in area emergency rooms to deliver their babies. The expectant mothers were getting little or no pre-natal care because of language and economic barriers.
Two women in the community, Tomasa Gonzalez and Rachel Rubalcava, identified the need for medical services to these women and approached the Reverend Chuck Chipman of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Reverend Chipman made space available in his church to open what was originally known as the “Mi Casa Su Casa Clinica” in the summer of that year.
Early on, the clinic relied on volunteers and contributions from a variety of both Catholic and Protestant churches as well as community organizations. Oncologist Dr. Francisco Gonzalez and his wife, Mary, a nurse, were recruited as the first volunteer providers, seeing patients once a month. The former St. Francis and St. Joseph hospitals as well as Wesley Medical Center supported the clinic with laboratory and personnel services.
Other volunteers soon followed as the clinic took on another community health risk, children who were not getting their vaccinations. More than 100 children were immunized in the first six months of operation with the vital assistance of the Sedgwick County Health Department which supplied vaccines and vaccination forms.
About this Event:
Run the Race...Anyplace, Then Feed Your Face
The Say Grace Race is GraceMed’s signature fundraising event and is now the largest 5K race in Wichita. The annual family-friendly event takes place on Thanksgiving morning and has become a tradition for many families. Nearly $600,000 has been raised over the first nine years of an event that has become a favorite of both serious and not-so-serious runners who come to the race from points near and far. 100% of these funds went to support the ministry of GraceMed
Due to the current state of our world, the 10th Annual 'Say Grace' Thanksgiving Day 5K Race will be a virtual event. Although we won't be together this year, we want you to continue your Thanksgiving tradition by taking a walk, run, or stroll with family and friends in your neighborhood, your favorite park, or anywhere while helping GraceMed bring healthcare to thousands of underserved Kansans.
Registration for the virtual event will open on Monday, Sept. 21st. Each registration will include a race shirt*, swag from our sponsors, and a huge THANK-YOU from all the staff at GraceMed for your continued support, especially during these extraordinary times.
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