“I’m not a medical professional so I can’t help with the day to day operations, but I can help raise money and speak on behalf of St. Thomas Aquinas Free Medical Clinic,” said Michael Aun, parishioner at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kissimmee and member of the Knights of Columbus.
A supporter of the clinic since its inception, Aun says that he believes in the mission of the clinic and helps in any way he can, particularly by raising awareness and funds in the community to assist the clinic’s operations.
Aun was recently recognized for his volunteerism and received a Quality of Life Award from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation (MDRT). This award honors the selfless volunteer efforts of MDRT members who give their time to serve charitable causes in their own communities and worldwide. As a recipient, he was able to designate a $5,000 grant to support the clinic.
The clinic has been providing free medical care to uninsured men, women and children in Osceola County who are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level since 2008. In the last five years alone, the medically underserved, low-income individuals and families received 6,101 patient visits at our clinic. Services include medical care, case management, preventative health education programs, specialist referrals and referrals to community social services.
“The kind of work we’re doing there is for the greater good. It’s good for the community, it’s good for the underinsured, the uninsured, the people who can’t get the benefits elsewhere,” explains Aun. “Sometimes I will pass the clinic at 6 o’clock in the morning on my way to start my business day and there are people sitting in the yard waiting to be seen that afternoon. That’s how demanding this need is. We could run 24/7 easily.”