Walk On: Medical Assistants Raise Organ Donation Awareness Through 5K

It was an unexpected chilly evening as Globe University-Madison students in the medical assistant program set off to warm hearts by participating in the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin’s Capital City 5K Run/Walk for Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation.   

Representing Team Globe included Daniel Goplin, medical assistant program chair and medical assistant students, Karla Dean, Alisia Grady, Jill Howard (and her boyfriend Joel), Emily Robinson and Paula Zenz. The 5K served as a way to raise money and awareness for organ donation.

National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin’s Capital City 5K Run/Walk

Walk This Way: Team Globe 5k participants strike a pose. Top: Emily Robinson, Joel and Jill Howard. Bottom: Paul Zenz, Karla Dean Alisia Grady and Daniel Goplin.

The team would not have been formed if it weren’t for medical assistant students, Paula Zenz and Karla Dean. While serving as officers in their student organization called GU-MAS, they got the idea to participate in a 5K. They spent time researching the perfect race to participate in that fit everyone’s schedule and had a cause that spoke to them.  The cause that sealed the deal focused on organ, tissue and eye donation. “This race spoke to us,” shared Paula. “We might know somebody who may need a tissue donation someday.”

“We really felt compelled about this race, I might need new corneas when I’m older.” shared Karla Dean, medical assistant student from Madison West.

GU-MAS wanted to do something meaningful with the money they raised throughout the year from their various fundraisers. “We wanted to do more of a community thing through the school and to get students more interested in GU-MAS. To do a walk seemed perfect,” noted Karla.  “We didn’t want to drop our money somewhere; we wanted to be more involved with it.”

The enthusiasm was addicting with the music pumping as several hundred participants started to congregate at the starting line. Team Globe’s excitement was evident as they reflected on the upcoming race.

“This is awesome,” shared Paula.” This is my first 5K. I’ve always been on the other side  volunteering handing out water. This time I’m walking it. I haven’t even started yet but I know I would totally do another one, even after I graduated.”

5k Walk

Paula Zenz, Karla Dean and Dan Goplin off to a great start.


“I’m excited to be walking because we’re supporting a great cause,” said Emily Robinson, medical assistant student. “I’ve never done a 5K before. I’m excited because this is my first time and I’m actually going to do it! You have to tell yourself you can.”

“I’m doing this for a good cause and to stay in shape. It’s going to be a fun time.”  shared Alisia Grady, medical assistant student from the Madison East campus.

“It’s really awesome to be able to do something like this together, as a community, as a group,” Dan Goplin reflected. “We are also doing this representing Globe University-Madison East and West, so it’s really nice to combine the campuses. Hopefully this is going to be enough ‘oomph’ to start generating more interest in more community based projects with our students. Already, this event has generated some talk on the other campus about doing another one.  We’re all just trying to gain some momentum, this is our very first endeavor and I’m very happy with the turnout so far.”

Do you have an interest in medical assisting and want to be a part of a group of students who strive to come together to better their community? If so check out the medical assistant program at Globe University-Madison West.