There’s a story in the 2016 spring issue of St. Norbert College Magazine about Colton Wiesner, a 2012 graduate of West Bend West High School. The article details how Wiesner is a “graduate making a difference at St. Norbert College.”
A portion of the piece is posted below.
For Colton Wiesner ’16, it was a St. Norbert College international TRIPS journey over the 2014-15 winter break that opened his eyes to the issues facing the medically underserved. “The lack of access to basic medical resources conjured in me a drive to serve both my local and global community, and I wanted to recreate that in a new team of participants,” he says.
When Wiesner returned to Nicaragua this January, he and his team came with more than willing hands. Their luggage included 40 new stethoscopes and 40 blood-pressure cuffs to donate to the visited clinics. Wiesner, along with co-leader and fellow biology major Sara Gionet ’16, let powerful impressions from their previous medical-focused TRIPS experiences drive a July 4 fundraiser at Horicon Meats in Gionet’s hometown. The team raised more than $1,400 for the medical supplies. The 10-person student group continued to raise money and collect donations throughout the summer and into the fall. “On the trip, we were able to donate medical supplies totaling over $5,000 in value to the Nicaraguan people, which was among the top three donations that our affiliate service organization, Panorama Service Expeditions, has ever received,” says Wiesner.
Gionet adds, “Here in the United States, doctors have almost unlimited access to supplies to treat their patients with. But at the free clinics, the doctors and nurses must be creative in order to care for their patients. They do not have a lot of supplies at the clinic and they do not have access to any more.”
To read the rest of the article log onto St. Norbert College ‘Supplied for all good work.’
Colton Wiesner is the son of David and Kathleen Wiesner.
Hat tip Curt Esser
Photo courtesy St. Norbert College