By Kerry Miller-Mouzon, Full Time Medical Assisting Faculty, Globe University – Wausau
The Globe University-Wausau Medical Assistant Club came up with a “spud-tacular” idea to sell potatoes to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. The medical assistant program students wanted to try their hands at a different fundraiser and took a chance that the “Spud Sale” might be a popular alternative to the Cheese Curd sale that took place during the Emergency Services Day event held at the Globe University-Wausau campus back in August.
Students, staff and faculty received a baked potato and the opportunity to load it up with chili, chives, sour cream, bacon bits, butter, shredded cheese, nacho cheese and salsa. The medical assistant students decided to keep the cost affordable while attempting to raise a maximum amount to be donated, by only charging $3 per potato. The “sweet” deal for the spuds sent the club scrambling for more potatoes after the first hour. More than 40 potatoes were sold the first day and more than 50 on the second day.The potato toppings were donated by club members while it was agreed the potatoes would be purchased out of the club’s funds. Proceeds from this sale totaled $200 and will be going to Breast Cancer Awareness.
The Medical Assistant Club has also been selling ribbons throughout the month for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The success of the spud sale opened students’ eyes to the possibility of another baked potato bar, which is now slated for November 14 in conjunction with the upcoming Flu Clinic that will be held at the Globe University-Wausau campus. The club plans to donate proceeds of the upcoming sale to help in the fight of another kind of cancer and the family of Abby Olson. Abby is 10 years old and was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a very rare form of the disease. Abby’s mother is an employee at Globe University in Minnesota.