Dakota Midday: Biking From Skykomish To Sioux Falls For Ecuador Hospital

Jun 11, 2015

On Saturday, Dr. Michael Heisler and some 30 bicyclists begin a trek taking them from Skykomish, Washington to Sioux Falls. The 1,500 mile, three week trip is a fundraiser for Andean Health and Development to support the completion of the Hesburgh Hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. The mission is to raise $500,000 thousand dollars to help fully equip the hospital and support research and training.

The trailer that will accompany bikers from Skykomish to Sioux Falls
Credit Andean Health and Development

Along the way, the group will also deliver small grant awards to four rural community clinics, including the Winner Regional Heathcare Center and the Parkston USD FARM Program at Avera St. Benedict Health Center. The bicyclists will arrive in Sioux Falls on July 4th.

Dr. Heisler is the chair of the Andean Health and Development’s advisory board. The organization is dedicated to improving rural health care in Ecuador and other rural communities throughout the Americas. He’s served as a professor at the USD Sanford School of Medicine since returning home to South Dakota in 2009. Earlier this year assumed an additional position as professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Heisler joined Dakota Midday from Washington where he was making final preparations for the 20 day bike trip.

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