Racing for Care: JayDoc Memorial 5K in Honor of Caroline Trupp

This year’s JayDoc Memorial 5K took place on September 16 at Shawnee Mission Park. The run directly benefits the JayDoc Free Clinic, located at 340 Southwest Blvd and provides medical and dental care for the uninsured and underinsured population of Kansas City.

The clinic operates on the help of both student and physician/dentist volunteers and is funded entirely through donations and grants. This 5k is one of the many efforts to raise funds so that the clinic can afford lab testing, medications, and supplies.

The school has a long history with the JayDoc clinic, and is involved in multiple events, including a “pediatric night” of free dental care, where ten dental students in conjunction with pediatric faculty supervisors provided free dental care to 10 children who presented for care at the evening clinic.

This year’s event was in honor of Caroline Trupp. Caroline was a rising second-year medical student who was passionate about giving to the underserved and the JayDoc Free Clinic. She was also an enthusiastic runner and thus, it is with a heavy heart and great sense of purpose the JayDoc Memorial 5K was named in her honor.

See photos from the event here.

UMKC School of Dentistry JayDoc Officers
Executive Directors:
Claire Freeman
Seth Hofheins

Directors of Finance:
Jacob Trammell
Jacey Ciko

Directors of Fundraising:
Anthony Leisure
Francisco Flores

Director of Student Volunteers:
Cole Daniel

Directory of Faculty Volunteers:
Tanner Robert

Director of Patient Records:
Riley Pereles*

Directors of Patient Outreach:
Anh Nguyen
Jett Schroeder

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Todd Brower