GRAYSLAKE – Neva Vasquez, of Grayslake, will be going to Kenya to help treat people who do not have proper health care, if she can raise the funds to do so. In order to go, the Chamberlain College of Nursing student is asking for donations through an online fundraising site. Vasquez spoke to Lake County Suburban Life reporter Kyle Stephans about her trip.
Stephans: Why Kenya?
Vasquez: Kenya was one of a few different places available for travel. Other places include Brazil, Dominican Rublic and India. Kenya appealed to me because it is a cause I have volunteered for before with an organization called Invisible Children, which brought attention to Kenya's children soldiers in Uganda. Though I won't be in Uganda, I will be in Africa helping a cause that I am very passionate about.
Stephans: What do you want to accomplish there?
Vasquez: My goal is to touch as many lives as I can with medicine. Who knows if one vaccine or one more months worth of medication will mean life or death for this child, woman or father. It could also inspire other young children to become health care workers.
Stephans: How many people are going?
Vasquez: There are a group of approximately 20 or so from my school going, as well as a medical school and our faculty advisors.
Stephans: How can people donate to your cause?
Vasquez: I have a go fund me account at www.gofundme.com/getnevatokenya; however, we are also in need of simple medical supplies, such as vitamins for adult and children, pain relievers, antibiotics, ointments, hand sanitizers [and more] which can be donated by contacting me directly.